Apps

RHIME (Ron Harden Award for Innovation in Medical Education) Presentations

Highly Commended

Presenter Prof. Shekhar M KUMTA
 Dept. of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 http://facs.med.cuhk.edu.hk/app/tlrcapp.html

AppMaster: the Application that Facilitates Educators to move towards Mobile Education

S M Kumta*, JYC Leung, ALK Yung, LAH Critchley, Yan Jin (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong, SAR)

Background: Handheld devices like smart-phones and tablets had become a large part of our everyday lives. By allowing users to be connected to the rest of the world at all time, they changed our behavior on how we gather new information, i.e. we no longer want to wait for information, we want them at our fingertips at all time. This opens a completely new door for us, as medical educators, to be connected with the technology-advanced young generation. Our idea is to use applications (apps) as educational tools, where apps are specially written programs that are stored on the users’ handheld devices and allow the users to study whenever and wherever they want; rather they are on the way to school or the short time between classes. However, developing these kinds of apps requires special programming skills that medical educators are not equipped with. Therefore, the Chinese University of Hong Kong developed an app called AppsMaster, on both the Android and iOS platforms, the two largest handheld operating system on the market, that allows teachers to easily convert their own teaching material onto an apps format.

Description: The AppsMaster allows teachers to create their own apps. There are a few options in the ways that the materials are presented: a) as a study guide; b) as a mini formative assessment c) enriched with multimedia links to resources (PDF, Microsoft Office and etc.). The AppsMaster only requires users to submit files in a simple and standardized format. Materials can also be easily updated through Internet as there are built-in notifications for the user whenever new updates are available. Combining with the fact that this apps allows the student’s responses to be collected and report to the lecturer, these give the lecturer a better control of the students and adjustment to the course can be made accordingly. At the moment we are in the progress of converting 20+ learning packages that we obtained from different department like Anaesthesia and Radiology, into apps format.

Potential impact and adaptability: The AppsMaster offers great potential in the delivery of learning material in the near future as the mobile technology advancement continues to boom. It saves teachers’ time and money for the transitional period in preparing lecture material for mobile learning. The end-product apps can be a study guide for quick access to information, a short quiz before the class to make sure the students come to class with a basic understanding, or it can be a problem solving case study to strengthen decision making skills. Another important note is that the AppsMaster can create questions in the form of locating a certain point on a picture. That is a very useful option especially in developing x-ray examining skills where teachers can set up questions and ask students to locate and identify abnormal features. This project is extremely useful to those who want to prepare material for mobile applications but do not have the skills or time to write ap

AppMaster: the Application that Facilitates Educators to move towards Mobile Education

S M Kumta*, JYC Leung, ALK Yung, LAH Critchley, Yan Jin (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong, SAR)

Background: Handheld devices like smart-phones and tablets had become a large part of our everyday lives. By allowing users to be connected to the rest of the world at all time, they changed our behavior on how we gather new information, i.e. we no longer want to wait for information, we want them at our fingertips at all time. This opens a completely new door for us, as medical educators, to be connected with the technology-advanced young generation. Our idea is to use applications (apps) as educational tools, where apps are specially written programs that are stored on the users’ handheld devices and allow the users to study whenever and wherever they want; rather they are on the way to school or the short time between classes. However, developing these kinds of apps requires special programming skills that medical educators are not equipped with. Therefore, the Chinese University of Hong Kong developed an app called AppsMaster, on both the Android and iOS platforms, the two largest handheld operating system on the market, that allows teachers to easily convert their own teaching material onto an apps format.

Description: The AppsMaster allows teachers to create their own apps. There are a few options in the ways that the materials are presented: a) as a study guide; b) as a mini formative assessment c) enriched with multimedia links to resources (PDF, Microsoft Office and etc.). The AppsMaster only requires users to submit files in a simple and standardized format. Materials can also be easily updated through Internet as there are built-in notifications for the user whenever new updates are available. Combining with the fact that this apps allows the student’s responses to be collected and report to the lecturer, these give the lecturer a better control of the students and adjustment to the course can be made accordingly. At the moment we are in the progress of converting 20+ learning packages that we obtained from different department like Anaesthesia and Radiology, into apps format.

Potential impact and adaptability: The AppsMaster offers great potential in the delivery of learning material in the near future as the mobile technology advancement continues to boom. It saves teachers’ time and money for the transitional period in preparing lecture material for mobile learning. The end-product apps can be a study guide for quick access to information, a short quiz before the class to make sure the students come to class with a basic understanding, or it can be a problem solving case study to strengthen decision making skills. Another important note is that the AppsMaster can create questions in the form of locating a certain point on a picture. That is a very useful option especially in developing x-ray examining skills where teachers can set up questions and ask students to locate and identify abnormal features. This project is extremely useful to those who want to prepare material for mobile applications but do not have the skills or time to write apps.

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Design Futures App (in progress)

Design Futures App Brief. PDF

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Design futures is introduced along with the “logo”
design futures starts flashing indicating the user should press the words
After pressing the ball shrinks and your option appear.

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Design Futures App (in progress) by Oli Eastop

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Design Futures

Application

 

Design Futures Department App

 

The Brief: We need a digitally creative app that will engage current students with the new Design Futures Department and market the department prospective students.

Proposition: Why is it needed? The objective would be to entice prospective students to apply for the new and established courses on offer by the department. By Using the student’s own voices and work as much as possible this will help new prospective students to understand the department easily and clearly. It is hoped that the structure of the app would allow for students to showcase their work on it as a way of promoting themselves and the department

Tone: Sociable/Interactive, Uncomplicated, Optimistic, Generous, Personal, and Friendly.

What will it look like? It have a simple yet creatively designed interface which will brand the department as one that knows what cutting edge design looks like.  It will have to immediately say this is a department for new and up and coming designers who want to be a part of the global future of design. It will have consistency of theme throughout and will not just have an opening page and then text and links to other online resources.

Audience: Who is it aimed at? It will be aimed at a wide range of students but they will understand how a mobile application works and will be looking for a course that from the initial contact, the app, understands the ethos of the department. They will immediately see that the app is a part of the department’s philosophy.

Checklist of Communications: How will it work? It will be a gateway/portal/worm hole/time machine into the activities of the department. It will have a central core which will give an over view of the department and this will be made up of three ‘channels’. A past archive of student’s work and activities (Futures Past), a present ‘snapshot’ of what is happening in the department (Design Futures Now or Futures Present), which is, updated daily and a future channel (Designing My Future or Futures Perfect) which will show what the students can expect while in the department and the prospects/avenues after they have left. From this core they will be three main pathways from which the viewer can then chose to go. Undergraduate Courses, Postgraduate Courses and Professional Development Courses. Again each of these channels then would have a more detailed view of the area but still using the past/present/future model as for the core. (This is only a suggested way of organising the contents of the app and if you can come up with a better idea then try it out.)

Background: The newly formed Design Futures Department in the School of Architecture, Design and Construction is about to expand its Postgraduate and Professional Development provision and aims to become a market leader within the next five years. At present it has a BA (Hons)/HND in Graphic and Digital Design Course, a BA (Hons) 3D Digital Design and Animation Course and a MA in Web Design and Content Management in its portfolio of courses. It also oversees a number of courses and programmes and other colleges in the South East of England. There will also be a new postgraduate framework that will offer a number of flexible delivery patterns that will suit the multitude of types of students who will be our future ‘customers.’ From work-based learners who want to improve their skills, knowledge and thinking to students who are elsewhere and nomadic, the programme will offer the adaptability so as to suit as many variable needs as possible. The app you be the window into this world of cutting edge design learning and teaching and itself would have to be a reflection of the ambitions of the department.

Key Features: Where will is be hosted? As a cross and multi platform app it will have to be compatible with as many mobile devices as possible and have a content management system that can afford as much adaptably and ease of uploading additional material as possible. It will have to be developed in partnership with a company experienced in app development and hosting, as the complexities of the programming are not available at the University yet.

When will it be needed? It will need to be up at running at the latest by September 2012 so it is ready for the first intake of online postgraduate students for the 2013/14 academic year.  It will then need to be continually developed and monitored that year in preparation of the opening of the Stockwell Street Development in 2014

Brief set by: Mark Ingham

Written by: Mark Ingham

Deadline for this Brief:

Entries for this brief must be submitted by Friday 17 February 2012.

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