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BMC Medical Education

, 16:274

Approaches to teaching and learning

Abstract

BackgroundMobile learning m-learning has becoming very popular in education due to the rapidly advancing technology in our society. The potentials of the mobile applications should be used to enhance the education process. Few mobile applications have been designed to complement the study of physical therapy skills for physiotherapy students. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a mobile application, as a supplement to traditional learning, is useful for physiotherapy students in the acquisition of palpation and ultrasound skills in the shoulder area.

MethodsForty-nine students participated in this single-blinded, randomized controlled study. They were randomly distributed into two groups: experimental, with free access to the mobile application; and control, with access to traditional learning materials on the topic. Objective structured clinical evaluation OSCE and multiple-choice questionnaire MCQ were used to assess the educational intervention. Then, we also assessed the time taken to get a reliable ultrasound image and to localize a specific shoulder structure by palpation.

ResultsThere was no significant intergroup difference in the acquisition of theoretical knowledge p = .089. Scores were significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group for the majority items in the ultrasound assessment; positioning of patient p < .001, positioning of ultrasound probe p = 0.007, handling of ultrasound probe p = .013 and global OSCE p < .001 and skills in palpation of the shoulder; position of patient p = .009, direction of palpation contact p = .021 and global OSCE p = .034. There were no significant differences in the time required to perform the examination between groups in ultrasound p = .944 and palpation p = .393. The results from the post-program survey assessing the global satisfaction with the mobile application were high 8.200 ± .767, on an 11 numeric point rating scale.

ConclusionThese results suggest the effectiveness of an m-learning program as a complement to traditional education for developing skills in ultrasound and palpation of the shoulder region in undergraduate physiotherapy students.

KeywordsTeaching-learning strategies M-learning Physical therapy Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12909-016-0775-1 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Carolina Fernández-Lao - Irene Cantarero-Villanueva - Noelia Galiano-Castillo - Elena Caro-Morán - Lourdes Díaz-Rodríguez

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