The learning process in clinical placements involves several actors such as tutors, supervisors, teachers, and students and during this complex process, tasks and mentorships must be done in a way that is synchronized with educational and clinical processes and embedded in the respective contexts. Only a structure that synchronizes processes and respective communication can prevent (some central problems) and ensure meaningful learning for students and appropriate care in the placement organizations. The project ‘4D (Determinants, Design, Digitalization, Dissemination) in the Digitalization of Learning in Practice Placement’ (4D Project) aims at addressing this gap by introducing mobile technology in practice placements, creating a bridge between the different actors involved to foster the best experience in practice-based learning in healthcare settings. The 4D project aims to address this goal by implementing the four main objectives: (i) to Determine the key factors (practice-based learning models) and the key elements (diffusion of innovation theories) to introduce mobile technology in practice placements, (ii) to co-Design a mobile learning application (app) for successful adoption of mobile technology in practice-based learning reflecting users’ core values and needs, (iii) to introduce Digitalization and to train the participating institutions through workshops and providing tutorials, (iv) to pilot and assess the use of mobile learning in practice placements in healthcare higher education in three different countries in Europe and (iv) to Disseminate the project findings as a inclusive approach to exchange and support the practice placement digitalization around universities EU Countries.
- Determinants to introduce mobile technology in practice placement
- Design and implement a mobile learning application in practice-based learning
- Evaluation and good practices on introducing technology in placticepractice placement
Duration of the project
February 2022 – February 2025
Funding & partners
Funding: European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ program KA220 Cooperation partnerships in higher education
Partners: Germans Trias i Pujol Health Sciences Research Institute (Spain), Technische Universität Graz (Austria), Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Universytet Medyczny w Lublinie (Poland), Kubify BV (Netherlands), University of Twente (Netherlands), TecnoCampus (Spain) - project coordinator
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