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Presentation from the Centre for Distance Education's annual RIDE conference (19 October 2012).
Niall Winters, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London.
Mobile phones, including smartphones, are becoming ubiquitous even in resource poor countries. Their size and portability make them ideal for many clinical applications, but there are as yet very few mobile phone applications specifically designed for medical education. This project involves the design and implementation of a mobile knowledge sharing application in nurse education in Kenya. This application, MyNCP (or “My Nursing Care Plan”), developed using HTML5, allows trainee nurses working in remote areas to collect data and helps them in making diagnoses. This data can be recorded and/or shared with tutors and fellow trainees. E-learning materials can be made available to the students through the phones, and nursing tutors can use the submitted data and plans to tailor their support and develop further resources. Initial evaluation of the tool has shown it to have been implemented successfully.