Wireless Handheld Computers in the Preclinical Undergraduate Curriculum

Ganger BS, Anand C. and Jackson Ph.D., Matt (2003) Wireless Handheld Computers in the Preclinical Undergraduate Curriculum. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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This report presents the results of a pilot project using wireless PDAs as teaching tools in an undergraduate medical curriculum. This technology was used to foster a transition from a passive to an interactive learning environment in the classroom and provided a solution for the implementation of computer-based exams for a large class. Wayne State Medical School recently provided model e570 Toshiba PocketPCs® (personal digital assistants or PDAs), network interface cards, and application software developed by CampusMobility® to 20 sophomore medical students. The pilot group of preclinical students used the PDAs to access web-based course content, for communication, scheduling, to participate in interactive teaching sessions, and to complete course evaluations. Another part of this pilot has been to utilize the PDAs for computer-based exams in a wireless environment. Server authentication that restricted access during the exams and a proctoring console to monitor and record the PDA screens will be described in this report. Results of a student satisfaction survey will be presente

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:medical education; health professional education; peer-reviewed; Basic science education; Informatics/Web; Evaluation; Pocket PC; PDA; wireless exams; interactive teaching; real-time assessment
Subjects:JOURNALS > Medical Education Online > MEO Peer Reviewed
ID Code:2835
Deposited By: David, Solomon
Deposited On:17 Mar 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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