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Supporting innovative learning approaches through Mobile Integration in the workpLacE - Oncology Nursing
Start date: Nov 1, 2011,
This project will develop a new approach to vocational training using mobile devices to extend learning activity into daily practice so that theory is fully integrated with practical skills development. It will be developed in the context of oncology nursing. Using smart phones, nurses will be able to communicate with each other and their tutors in real time in the work place and access relevant content just-in–time according to their needs. The mobile communication involved will function as a “virtual layer” that integrates with their daily interaction with patients, enriching and extending their learning, not just through content provision but also because the “space” created will facilitate exchange of experiences (using a range of media) with tutors and with other course participants. The field of oncology nursing is a new one. Given the rapid increase in knowledge and availability of new forms of treatment, cancer nurses require specialist educational preparation. Current solutions separate learning (in classrooms or online) from its practical application. The approach proposed will constitute an important improvement in the way these new skills are learned, and will increase the capacity of the nurses to perform in this new area of nursing. The project is therefore innovative not only because it involves a new social approach to mobile learning, but also because it constitutes an innovation in the area of nursing training. The project will involve an initial needs analysis, followed by the development of an appropriate learning methodology and a mobile toolkit to support it. The approach will then be piloted, in each of the partner countries in two cycles. The first pilot will focus principally on the validation of the learning approach, while the second will also pay attention to exploitation and sustainability issues, and the possible extension of the approach to other contexts.
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