ERIC Number: EJ1123440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
iPads in Medical Language Courses at the University of Helsinki
Wallinheimo, Kirsi; Pitkänen, Kari K.
Language Learning in Higher Education, v6 n1 p77-94 May 2016
In recent years, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki has systematically developed and synchronized its teaching technology, and new iPad-based tools have been an important part of this development. The aim has been to provide the students and teachers in the faculty with synchronized tools that can be used as a basis of a shared platform, with all the materials, tools and applications functioning in exactly the same way on all the equipment used in interaction among the teacher and the students and for teaching medicine and dentistry. As language teachers at the University of Helsinki Language Centre, we have already used Moodle-based platforms and a flipped classroom strategy together with task (TBL) and problem-based learning (PBL) approaches in language teaching. The iPads provided by this faculty have been in active use during the sessions of our courses for medical and dental students. However, we have so far been unaware of how the students use their iPads outside the classroom. This survey-based study aimed at addressing this gap in knowledge by investigating how 75 medical students actually use their iPads especially in learning academic and professional English and Swedish. The results, combined with teacher expertise, will be used to further develop the language courses taught by the Language Centre.
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Medical Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Language Usage, Student Surveys, Medical Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Swedish, English for Special Purposes, Surveys, Observation, Language Skills, Second Language Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Homework, Video Technology, Computer Use
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Finland (Helsinki)
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