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

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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