Northwestern Health Sciences University Studies Cell Phone Use as Teaching Aid

December 13, 2013

Cell phone use in the classroom is generally considered a no-no. However, two Northwestern Health Sciences University professors studied how students in the chiropractic methods class are using their mobile devices to learn to be exceptional practitioners.

Drs. Glori Hinck and Tom Bergmann conducted a study evaluating the feasibility of using mobile device technology to allow students to record their own supervised chiropractic adjustments and use the recordings for self evaluation. The findings were recently published in the Journal of Chiropractic Education. The article appeared in the Educational Research in Action section of the Fall 2013 issue.

“Today’s students expect tech-savvy, active-learning education,” said Dr. Hinck. “Students in healthcare professions have a large number of skills to master. Chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy students must learn complex psychomotor skills to become proficient practitioners. The use of mobile devices for learning allows the exploration of innovative teaching and learning practices, and facilitates anywhere, anytime, student-centered learning.”

Read the full journal article here.

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern Health Sciences University is a leader in education, research and health care. With an emphasis on collaborative and integrative care, we offer degrees and programs in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, chiropractic, therapeutic massage and human biology. Northwestern serves nearly 900 graduate and undergraduate students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minn. We care for patients at our five clinics, and many community clinics throughout the Twin Cities area.


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