Mobile Seamless Learning Tool for Cancer Education

  • Nuno Ribeiro
  • Luís Moreira
  • Ana Margarida Pisco Almeida
  • Filipe Santos-Silva
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 80)


Mobile seamless learning provides the foundation for new digital solutions capable of adapting the contents to the learner needs and contexts. Studies have shown that cancer prevention knowledge remains reduced in modern societies. Given the worldwide burden of cancer, there is a need to increase cancer literacy in the populations, namely through the development of innovative strategies. This paper describes a 3 months two-arm quasi-experimental effectiveness study of a new mobile seamless learning tool for cancer education. Results showed that this application significantly increased cancer prevention knowledge of the users when compared to a control population (p < 0.001). This study provides evidence that a mobile seamless education tool can merge into the users’ daily routine increasing users’ knowledge by providing relevant cancer prevention information through messages delivered over an extended period of time. These innovative health education solutions will further expand the context of a smart learning ecosystem.


Mobile learning Seamless learning Cancer prevention Cancer literacy Smartphone app 



The authors would like to thank all the volunteers that participated in the study. This work was supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation through Project HYPE and by the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT) [grant number SFRH/BD/92996/2013].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuno Ribeiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Luís Moreira
    • 3
  • Ana Margarida Pisco Almeida
    • 2
  • Filipe Santos-Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em SaúdePortoPortugal
  2. 2.Universidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Instituto PiagetVila Nova de GaiaPortugal

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