Student learning goes mobile

Students and faculty have historically struggled under the weight of paperwork and textbooks. But GHSU continues to relieve that burden by implementing lighter mobile learning technology.

Mobile Learn is the university’s newest gateway to allow students, faculty and clinicians to access educational content from their mobile devices. The program is an update within the GeorgiaHealth Mobile (formerly MCG Mobile) downloadable
application.

“Mobile Learn gives students and faculty access to GeorgiaView, our learning management system,” said Michael Casdorph, Director of GHSU Instructional Support and Educational Design. His office spearheads mobile application development and
renovation.

Mobile Learn provides access to course content, assessment details, documents, rosters, announcements, discussion threads and more. The mobile learning tool allows course content – from PowerPoint presentations to notes to lecture podcasts – to be retrieved anywhere.

“Students have to be in all sorts of different settings, not just in a classroom or a place where they have a traditional computer. So in the clinic or on an airplane, they now have the ability to access their course content,” Casdorph said. “Some students’ classes are completely online, and they can actually take their course through their mobile device.”

Students can also take these tools into a clinical setting, giving them access to information that they may need at the point of care. And, for the first time, the application is available on Android and Blackberry units, as well as all Apple devices. GHSU is considered one of the nation’s leaders in mobile educational technology.

“We were the first public academic health center to offer a suite of mobile apps on iTunes with MCG Mobile,” Casdorph said.

GHSU’s mobile technology push keeps it ahead of the pack – and just in time. According to some predictions, even laptops with web access may no longer be fast enough to keep up with changing usage trends. Information technology research
company Gartner predicts that in just two years, mobile devices will overtake personal computers as the most common way to access the Internet.

But it isn’t just a convenience issue, according to Casdorph. “We think that students having access in a variety of additional settings will give them the opportunity to improve their productivity in terms of their academic learning as well as being able to have resources with them in the clinical setting.”

For more information on Mobile Learn, visit georgiahealth.edu/mobile.

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