Mobile computing initiatives within pharmacy education

Jeff Cain, Eleanora R. Bird, Mikael Jones

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Abstract

Objectives. To identify mobile computing initiatives within pharmacy education, including how devices are obtained, supported, and utilized within the curriculum. Methods. An 18-item questionnaire was developed and delivered to academic affairs deans (or closest equivalent) of 98 colleges and schools of pharmacy. Results. Fifty-four colleges and schools completed the questionnaire for a 55% completion rate. Thirteen of those schools have implemented mobile computing requirements for students. Twenty schools reported they were likely to formally consider implementing a mobile computing initiative within 5 years. Conclusions. Numerous models of mobile computing initiatives exist in terms of device obtainment, technical support, infrastructure, and utilization within the curriculum. Responders identified flexibility in teaching and learning as the most positive aspect of the initiatives and computer-aided distraction as the most negative, Numerous factors should be taken into consideration when deciding if and how a mobile computing requirement should be implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number76
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Laptop computers
  • Mobile computing
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (all)

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