Ask the expert: Making education mobile

Nurse Leader Insider, December 27, 2010

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This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, talks about how mobile devices and mobile platforms can be used in training and education.

Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about applications for mobile devices being used for training and education. What are these exactly, and should we be using them?

A: Mobile devices and mobile platforms are rapidly changing and expanding due to ever-developing technology. While cell phones used to have just basic capabilities several years ago, they now have multiple applications, or apps. Smartphones such as the iPhone™, Blackberry®, and Android™, have become increasingly popular for personal use and are gaining acceptance in hospital settings as pager technology becomes outdates. Some companies have grown just on their ability to develop applications, which are generally very inexpensive to purchase and easy to use.

Apps have already been developed and are usable for drug references and calculations, as well as “flashcards” for autonomy, musculoskeletal, neuroscience, and medical terminology. As this technology continues to evolve, expect to see more and more apps that all heathcare providers use. They can be great adjuncts to the learning process while employing technology that many people have already embraced.

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