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The use of interactive wireless keypads for interprofessional learning experiences by undergraduate emergency health students

Brett Williams, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Malcolm Boyle, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Abstract
The purpose of the study was to examine the use of interactive wireless keypads for interprofessional learning experiences. This study used a cross-sectional methodology in the form of a questionnaire to elicit responses about learning experiences using wireless keypads from a convenience sample of first year undergraduate emergency health students over one university semester in 2007. The findings in this study showed that students felt educational technology was helpful and important in their learning, with wireless keypad use providing high satisfaction. Class interaction using wireless keypads has assisted students to better appreciate and understand other health care disciplines within an interprofessional education setting. Integration of educational technology such as wireless keypads are considered important elements in undergraduate health care students learning approaches. Students have appreciated the alternative teaching and learning approach that wireless keypads have offered, thus improving engagement, interactivity, and uniquely, providing a broader understanding of other allied health care professions.


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