Designing Mobile Electronic Books as a New Model of Providing Learning Contents for Medical Sciences
Strides in Development of Medical Education: January 31, 2012, 9 (1); e59877
July 15, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
August 09, 2017
February 27, 2012
M , Rajabpour Sanati
A , Rahmanian Sharifabad
A . Designing Mobile Electronic Books as a New Model of Providing Learning Contents for Medical Sciences,
Strides Dev Med Educ.
Background & Objectives: Mobile technology has provided valuable opportunity for educational planners, teachers and students to use it as a continuous process of teaching – learning. Mobile books are sources of educational assistance that can be installed and viewed on mobile phones; however, there has been already no plan for production and use of them in the universities of Medical Sciences in Iran. This study aimed to produce mobile books and assess students' attitudes towards this model of learning. Methods: First, a Java-based electronic book maker software meeting the requirements and specifications of mobile phones was designed. Then, multimedia learning contents chosen from four medical and paramedical courses were converted and prepared as four mobile books. In the next step, the attitudes of 158 medical and paramedical students toward mobile learning were collected through a pre-test. Then the mobile books were installed on mobile cell phones of 106 students to be used by them during the semester. At the end of the semester the views of all students toward mobile learning were asked again. Data were analyzed using paired and independent t-test. Results: According to the results, use of mobile books significantly caused a positive attitude and enthusiasm towards e-learning (p<0.005) and significantly increased students’ motivation to study during their dead times (p<0.005). Conclusion: This investigation, as the first attempt in Iran, could provide a facility for designing and producing mobile books in the field of Medical sciences courses.
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