It can be challenging to engage prelicensure nursing students in theoretical, nonclinical courses.
The purpose of this study was to describe students' experiences with various teaching strategies and describe student perceptions of engagement and learning using a mobile device.
The study had a mixed-methods design, which included an online survey and oral interviews to elicit student perceptions of engagement and learning using a mobile device.
Students, on average, reported high levels of perceived learning and moderate levels of perceived engagement. Analysis of the qualitative transcripts revealed 2 major themes clustered around learner practices and instructor/course practices.
Overall, students reported that using the mobile devices was a positive experience. Students benefited from thoughtful, intentional mobile device use that engaged them with course ideas, limited off-task distractions, and improved collaborative experiences with peers and the instructor.