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Development and Implementation of Interactive Mobile E-learning Apps for European Nursing Education
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Electronically supported learning tools have increasingly been accepted in higher education over the past few decades. A variety of new e-learning tools have been developed to serve students in their learning processes including podcasts, games and rich media e-compendiums. The current project addresses bachelor student nurses challenges and needs regarding; active learning, learning approaches, transfer and adaptation of innovative teaching practices based on open educational resources (OER), access to education by the support of information and communication technology (ICT) and cohesion of the nursing education in Norway, England and Spain. The partnership of this project consists of three European universities. The University of Stavanger (Norway): Department of Health Studies and the Department of E-learning Development (NETTOP), which is the lead partner and initiator of the project. The participating organisations are; The University of Nottingham (UK): School of Health Sciences, and Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir (Spain): Department of Nursing Care. The objective of this project is to develop and implement new mobile interactive e-learning applications (apps) for European Bachelor Nursing Education, to facilitate increased and improved flexible learning and to participate in changing the pedagogy towards a digital and more flexible interactive student-centered education programs, as well as the modernisation of higher education. Based on established and well evaluated Norwegian rich media e-compendiums (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6aQ8_Y1Tds&list=UUHH77ss9qAEpKpKD18KBqfQ), new interactive e-learning apps to be used on mobile devices will be produced. These apps contain a variety learning tools such as text, figures, interactions, animations, videos, audio, tasks and more. All e-learning apps will be made in English, Spanish and Norwegian and be published on App Store and Google Play, free to download. The project activities include: Development of a new e-learning app platform for mobile devices that can contain text, videos, illustrations, interactions, animations, multiple choice questions as well as audio content. Translation of the content of the existing Norwegian e-compendiums into English and Spanish with subsequent adaption to local curricula. Embed translated content into the new app platform creating the new e-learning apps. Implement the finished apps into the nursing study program at the three participating organisations, and thereafter evaluate their effects on student satisfaction, study habits etc. at each campus. Furthermore, guidelines for the pedagogical use and implementation of the e-learning apps for future use will also be produced and published and so will audio of the apps as podcasts on iTunes U. The final activity of the current project is the dissemination of the apps through App Store and Google Play as well as other project activities through e.g. nursing magazines, websites, social media and local presentations and conference. The current project will be monitored and evaluated according to the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) model of project management and control. The specific outcome of the current project is the newly developed e-learning apps on mobile devices for student nurses. In addition, podcasts of the same content, as well as guidelines about the pedagogical use and implementation of the e-learning apps will be produced. All apps, podcasts and guidelines will be published in Norwegian, English and Spanish. The impact of the project on student nurses will be that a more supportive, flexible, dynamic, interactive and multi-faceted e-learning environment is created. The apps allow study variation and, when portable, will supply a learning tool that appeals to students’ individual demands and choices. Ultimately, the expected benefit is increased student learning confidence and quality. At the participating organisations, the project can improve digital teaching competency and skills, and thus support further development of a more modern, dynamic and flexible environment for teaching-learning interactions. This may, in the long run, improve the participants’ opportunities for professional digital learning development, and may also increase both motivation as well as satisfaction in daily work due to the creative learning/teaching content and methodology employed.
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