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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 60

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Poster Board Number: 60
Title: Evolving Technologies to Support Mobile and Collaborative Curriculum
Objective: This poster describes the evolution of use of mobile devices and collaborative tools in a school of medicine curriculum course. Continuous evaluation of technologies used in teaching is essential. As the technological landscape changes, so must the tools used in instruction. This poster will review the criteria used to determine how to move in the mobile and collaborative technology environment.
Methods: This clinical rotation had centered on Palm mobile technologies for years, but functional criteria evolved that led to the adoption of iPod Touch devices. The course previously relied on Google Groups for collaboration among students, but unexpected changes in that application that limit functionality led the course away from this tool. Criteria determining the tools used in clinical curriculum courses include: ease of use, functionality, resources and apps available, network connectivity, and cost. Primary criteria must be the students’ willingness to use the selected technologies. In addition, staff and faculty development and training time must be considered. These and other criteria will be discussed in relation to the adoption of new technologies over time. The course will be described in detail, explaining the rationale for selecting the current suite of technologies.
Results: School of medicine faculty and librarians collaborate to develop functional criteria for the use of mobile technology in this pediatric clinical rotation. A annual course evaluation meeting allows the team to update, reconsider, and refine the technology and teaching techniques used. Student input is included in this evaluative session.
Conclusions: As the result of librarian and faculty collaboration, the next generation of physicians is inspired to enhance their knowledge and technology skills through a course that emphasizes mobile technology and web-based collaboration tools.
Authors: Nancy T. Lombardo, Associate Director, Information Technology; Jeanne Marie Le Ber, Associate Director, Education and Research; Todd Vandenbark, Web Services Librarian; Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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