Design of a mental calculation app for paramedic students

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Bell, Andy, Hall, Brendan and Latham, John. 2018. "Design of a mental calculation app for paramedic students." Journal of Academic Language and Learning. 12 (1), pp. A227-A238.
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Design of a mental calculation app for paramedic students

ERA Journal ID40178
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBell, Andy (Author), Hall, Brendan (Author) and Latham, John (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Academic Language and Learning
Journal Citation12 (1), pp. A227-A238
Number of Pages12
Year2018
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1835-5196
Web Address (URL)https://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/view/528
Abstract

Paramedics need to perform drug calculations without the aid of a calculator, and meet high standards of accuracy, while in a time critical, high-pressure environment. Paramedic students, however, are not usually in the habit of maintaining their mental arithmetic skills when they first begin their course. Consequently, an MSExcel-based tool is under development that will assist students to help identify, maintain and enhance their mental arithmetic skills. In an attempt to meet the expectations of current students, the design borrows some basic elements of game design, gamification and mastery learning, and covers mathematical skills from simple arithmetic through to contextualised problem solving. This paper shows the design philosophy and needs analysis behind the app, and the methods employed to meet those needs. It also considers some novel challenges with regard to implementing the application within a course.

Keywordsparamedicine course, teaching mathematics, serious game, application design.
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390110. Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
490199. Applied mathematics not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Health and Wellbeing
Australian Catholic University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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