A strong need exists to connect learner experiences at the workplace with formal training activities. This would improve authenticity of learning, but surprisingly few initiatives have been taken so far. In this project mobile devices (smartphones) were used while students were attending clinical clerkships. We aimed to develop learning practices - through use of mobile devices - which solicit problems or issues encountered in practice from students. During group meetings registered learning moments were discussed with students and medical teachers. Sixteen residents used the app and attended three meetings within six weeks. Results showed that residents used the app to capture learning moments covering a wide range of general medical competencies, which are highly relevant for their professional development. Group meetings were especially valued because of their safe atmosphere for discussion, similarity of problems encountered by residents, solutions from different perspectives, and the input by the tutor as an experienced practitioner. Success factors, opportunities for future implementations, and challenges are discussed. This project shows that technology can be effectively used for scaffolding learning at the workplace. The developed app helps connect learning experiences and formal education meetings and facilitates authentic learning from the learner’s own experiences.
|Title of host publication||Transformative Perspectives and Processes in Higher Education|
|Editors||A. Dailey-Hebert, D.S. Kay|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht, Boston, London|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
|Series||Advances in Business Education and Training|