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, based in Bloomington, provides world-class professional education and research, as well as comprehensive integrated health and wellness services, to people across the United States and around the world. The university's more than 130 faculty members annually teach approximately 6,500 students and professionals pursuing degrees in accredited programs and continuing education in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and other integrative health treatments. The university, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016, has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries worldwide.


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