Author: Christa Weigel, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)(M)(BD)

Empowering Imaging Science Students to Learn Through Pen-Based Computing Software


Abstract: E-learning has become commonplace in many higher education learning environments. Integration of tablet PCs and a unique collaboration software (DyKnow) in the classroom provides Radiologic Science students and faculty at Fort Hays State University vast options for student/instructor interaction, slide annotation and note-taking, assessment through polling and slide submission, sharing of information including radiographs, computing problems, and replaying lecture material including both audio and visual. This active learning strategy has been utilized in a Radiographic Exposures course for the past five years. A survey was administered to all students in the Radiographic Exposures course over the past five years to determine student perceptions of the tablet and software use.

Methods and Materials: A survey including twelve likert-scale and six open-ended questions regarding use of tablets in the classroom has been completed by students after two semesters of use for the past five years. Included in this project are the results from the years of 2007 (26 students), 2009 (27 students), and 2011 (34 students).

Results and Conclusions: Survey responses for the years included have shown positive results overall. The best outcomes from the study include that students agree that the software enhances interaction, increases attentiveness, makes class more enjoyable, provides immediate feedback, and contributes greatly to the understanding of concepts. Results from the survey demonstrate that tablet use in Radiographic Exposures is beneficial to students and the longer the use by an instructor also indicates increased benefit to students as well.