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Type: Journal article
Title: A method for creating interactive content for the iPod, and its potential use as a learning tool: Technical Advances
Author: Palmer, E.
Devitt, P.
Citation: BMC Medical Education, 2007; 7(1):32-41
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1472-6920
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Edward J Palmer and Peter G Devitt
Abstract: Background: Podcasting is currently a popular means of delivery of information with a large number of podcasts specifically tailored for educational purposes. It can be argued that the passive nature of this teaching methodology limits the educational benefit that can be derived from podcasts. This paper describes the development and construction of interactive material for the iPod, and a survey of student attitudes towards this type of learning material. Methods: The development of interactive material for an iPod is described in detail. This material was developed and demonstrated to 50 medical students. These students completed a paper-based survey on the potential uses of this technology, before and after a 20 minute presentation in class of an interactive case-study on an iPod. Results: A technical description of how to develop interactive content for the iPod was created. The results of the student survey indicate a favourable shift in student attitudes after viewing the interactive case. Despite only 15% of the students owning an iPod, 57% of the students were positive about having access to interactive iPod content and 59% believed they would use it whilst travelling. The percentage of students who felt podcasting was a useful means of learning increased from 9% to 41%. Conclusion: The development of interactive content for the iPod is feasible. There are indications that students view interactive iPod cases as having value as an additional learning resource.
Keywords: Humans; Questionnaires; Sensitivity and Specificity; Cross-Sectional Studies; Feasibility Studies; Learning; Forecasting; Education, Medical, Undergraduate; Educational Measurement; Students, Medical; Computer-Assisted Instruction; Educational Technology; Word Processing; Video Recording; Online Systems; Adult; Female; Male
Rights: © 2007 Palmer and Devitt; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020075855
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-7-32
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