How to create a successful mobile learning strategy for medical education during lockdowns?

Masomeh Kalantarion*, Soleiman Ahmady, Per Kallestrup, Marzieh Katibeh, Mohammad Mehdi Sadoughi, Nasrin Khajeali, Seyed Aliakbar Faghihi

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BACKGROUND: Mobile learning has played an important role during the COVID-19 pandemic and medical schools now consider it as an effective educational method in current and future crises. In this qualitative study, an attempt was made to demonstrate the principles of designing a mobile learning strategy in medical education from the perspective of experts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted by the qualitative content analysis method. The data were collected from July 2022 to Feb 2023. Twelve participants were included in this study from Iran s medical universities, consisting of two members of the Higher Council of Virtual Education, three educational directors, three clinical faculty members, two faculty members specializing in e-learning and medical education, an educational vice, and a dean. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed by Granheim and Lundman s (2004) method. RESULTS: Out of twelve participants in the study, eight (66%) were males and four (44%) females. Data were classified into eight categories and one theme. Based on the participants experiences, the main theme, that is, "the principles of medical education design in mobile learning,"included pedagogical component, interactive design, effective and comprehensive analysis, achieving objectives with the mobile learning platform, generating micro-and interactive e-content, teaching-learning interactive methods, course implementation and interactive evaluation at both micro-and macro-levels. CONCLUSION: Data analysis revealed that in addition to the eight principles in the medical education design in mobile learning, the participants prioritized the two principles of pedagogical component and interactive design over other principles in educational design. Using a successful mobile learning strategy in situations of restrictions limiting physical presence may improve the quality of medical education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number70
JournalJournal of Education and Health Promotion
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Content analysis
  • Medical education
  • Mobile learning
  • Qualitative study


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