The uptake of electronic/mobile technologies in dental education at the University of Birmingham

Khatoon, Binish (2015). The uptake of electronic/mobile technologies in dental education at the University of Birmingham. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of the uptake of new mobile technologies and how they are utilized by staff and students in dental education.
A questionnaire was distributed to students at the University of Birmingham, Dental School. Follow up one-to-one interviews were conducted. Tutors were interviewed to understand their attitude and understanding towards the use of electronic/mobile technologies.
It is apparent that smartphones are more convenient for students to learn and as a resource to advice patients on their clinic. They are using them on the go in preference to any other device and use the support of mobile tools such as phone apps. Emails are used by students for more formal messages and Instant Messaging and social networking sites are used for shorter messages. Students thought that changes were necessary in the way that they communicate and research their studies.
There is an all-embracing use, by both tutors and students of mobile learning tools. Learners wish to embed tools such as Instant Messaging in their learning areas but not without the approval of their respected tutors. Institutions should be aware of such changes and look to adapt their learning practices to mobile technologies.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: School of Dentistry
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RK Dentistry


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