Mobile computing and electronic books are the top emerging technologies to impact higher education.1 The rapid expansion of technology in the health care setting has created a growing recognition that there is a need for adoption of a sound set of innovative teaching-learning strategies related to information management and technology applications in undergraduate nursing curriculum. Success in these technology-related strategies will rest on the degree to which schools comprehensively integrate technology with teaching-learning strategies in the undergraduate nursing curriculum.
Tablet computing has the potential to enhance educational experiences by providing a delivery option for teaching and learning practices that enable learners to interact with content, and each other, in immediate and seamless ways.2 The literature that exists on integrating tablet computers in the health professions focuses on the use of tablet computing for teaching medical students and enhancing resident clinical rotations.3-6 This paper describes the stages of a tablet computing integration initiative in a school of nursing including: 1) creating the infrastructure; 2) planning technology requirements; 3) designing faculty development sessions focused on curricular integration; and 4) building ongoing communication and support for students.
Recommended CitationSwan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Beth Ann; Smith, EdD, RN, Kellie; Frisby, PhD, Anthony J.; Shaffer, MSN, RN, CNE, Kathryn; and Hanson-Zalot, MSN, RN, Mary, "A Teaching-Learning Initiative with Tablet Computing" (2012). College of Nursing Faculty Papers & Presentations. Paper 55.