Integrating e-learning into postgraduate radiotherapy and oncology education: a case study

PROBST, H., EDDY, D., DOUGHTY, J. and HODGSON, D. (2009). Integrating e-learning into postgraduate radiotherapy and oncology education: a case study. E-Learning and digital media, 6 (4), 363-371.

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Training health professionals within University environments has traditionally focused on face-to-face methods. Practitioners working within the UK National Health Service (NHS) have found it difficult to gain leave from work to attend for study due to the demands of the NHS and staff shortages. In response, we developed a distance e learning course to match our current traditional taught programme.The first e learning module (a research methods module) was comparable in content to the traditional taught module, and developed to incorporate a formative assessment design throughout; embodying the Constructivist approach and the principle of assessment for learning. We evaluated student experiences with the e learning module using a pre and post module questionnaire, with the taught cohort used as a comparison. We tested the importance of support, levels of information technology (IT) skills, preferences for e learning and intrinsic motivation. The results identified that highly satisfied e learning students were more likely to report a preference for e learning initially, show higher levels of intrinsic motivation and report good support from tutors and fellow students. This article discusses the development and evaluation of the pilot module and some of the lessons learned from providing e learning to health workers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final author version of an article published in E-Learning and digital media.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.2304/elea.2009.6.4.363
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2010 10:58
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 20:27

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