Adoption and Use of Mobile Learning in Continuing Professional Development by Health and Human Services Professionals

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Winter 2019) Curran, Vernon; Fleet, Lisa; Simmons, Karla; et al.

A Canadian study investigated adoption and use of mobile learning as a continuing professional development (CPD) activity by conducting semi-structured interviews and a Web-based questionnaire with health and human services professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador. Respondents said they used smartphones, tablets, YouTube, and mobile apps for CPD, with the greatest benefits including improved access to information, potential for augmented knowledge acquisition, and staying up to date. Obstacles included the cost of certain apps and resources, websites/programs that were not functional on mobile devices, workplace barriers preventing access to digital resources, and social media use associated with negative perceptions of professionalism. Interview respondents also noted the flexibility and convenience of mobile learning, the level of autonomy it provides, and the benefits of learning on their own time. Potential barriers, meanwhile, included technical issues and digital professionalism. The authors recommend that "[a]ddressing policies, practices, and regulations that enable or inhibit adoption of mobile learning for CPD may foster enhanced use to support better clinical decision-making, improved accuracy, and greater patient safety."

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