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Medical student access to multimedia devices: most have it, some don't and what's next?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19437179     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years, the rise in total student intake of medical schools across England has not been met by an increase in medical teachers. Computer aided learning (CAL) has the potential to address this disequilibrium. We conducted a survey of clinical medical students at our institution to ascertain the level of access to media devices capable of delivering vision and/or audio. The aim was to establish a baseline to assist CAL providers plan for appropriate modes of content delivery. A questionnaire was emailed to all clinical medical students at UCL. To validate the email survey, an identical paper questionnaire was distributed to a compulsory class for third year clinical medical students. The e-questionnaire and validation questionnaire response rate was 46 and 100% respectively. Eighty-six percent of students had home access to broadband Internet, and 85% of home computers were suitable for a full multimedia experience. Seventy-four percent of students indicated that their primary place of access was at home. Sixty-three percent of students had portable MP3 devices and over 50% owned an iPod. The hardware environment appears favourable for the introduction of complex multimedia teaching programs to medical students, but access is not universal. In addition to personal computers, inexpensive portable multimedia players might offer the opportunity to deliver 'on demand' learning. Medical schools planning for delivery of CAL should consider student access to desktop and portable media devices when designing an e-learning curriculum.
Nasser Khan; William Coppola; Tim Rayne; Owen Epstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Informatics for health & social care     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1753-8157     ISO Abbreviation:  Inform Health Soc Care     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-22     Completed Date:  2009-07-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101475011     Medline TA:  Inform Health Soc Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  100-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Gastroenterology, Royal Free Hospital, Royal Free & University College Medical School, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
Computers, Handheld / statistics & numerical data
Education, Medical / methods*
MP3-Player / statistics & numerical data
Microcomputers / statistics & numerical data*
Students, Medical / statistics & numerical data*

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