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New Ways to Teach and Learn in China and Finland

Crossing Boundaries with Technology

Edited By Hannele Niemi and Jiyou Jia

This publication will introduce how two different countries promote high quality learning with technology in very different educational systems. The book opens inspiring scenarios how new technological tools and services can be used for promoting students’ learning in schools and higher education, enhancing collaboration in educational communities and supporting teachers’ professional development. The publication focuses on three major themes: Students as knowledge and art creators in playful learning systems, personalized learning supported by mobiles and intelligent tutoring systems with games and new web-based tools identifying learning difficulties, and technology in digitalized learning environments. The book is based on systematic research work in universities.

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Faculty of Medicine as a mobile learning community (Eeva Pyörälä / Teemu Masalin / Heikki Hervonen)


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Eeva Pyörälä, Teemu Masalin & Heikki Hervonen

University of Helsinki

Faculty of Medicine as a mobile learning community

Abstract An action research project described in this chapter examined the use of iPads and the innovative ways of integrating them into learning and teaching in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki. The iPad project brought together teachers, students and experts in ICT and medical education. Longitudinal data were collected on 1st year student cohorts (176 in 2013 and 172 in 2014) to explore how students and teachers integrated mobile devices into learning and teaching in the context of medical education. We addressed the following research questions: (1) What type of support students and teachers required to effectively use mobile devices in learning? (2) How did the students and teachers incorporate iPads into learning and teaching activities? (3) How did the teachers produce new type of learning materials for the digital learning environment and mobile devices? (4) How did the students develop collaborative learning by using mobile devices and social media? The data consisted of web-based questionnaires, focus group interviews and observations. The main findings of the iPad research project were that mobile learning enhanced learning at several levels: Hands-on support for both students and teachers was established and instructional strategies in integrating iPads into PBL tutorials and virtual microscopy were developed. The project produced versatile digital triggers (e.g. e-books, videos) and high quality medical applications. Students learned...

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