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Tutors' opinions of suitability of online learning programmes in continuing professional development for midwives

Gould, Dinah ORCID:, Papadopoulos, Irena and Kelly, Daniel M. ORCID: 2014. Tutors' opinions of suitability of online learning programmes in continuing professional development for midwives. Nurse Education Today 34 (4) , pp. 613-618. 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.006

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Background Online learning is frequently used in continuing professional development for qualified nurses and midwives. It is frequently assumed that the same package is appropriate for different groups of learners and that by reducing the need for tutorial input, tutorial time is saved. Objectives We evaluated the suitability of an online learning resource for suitability in continuing professional development for midwives. Originally developed for use as part of a work-based package for a specific audience, there had always been plans for more general use of the resource with other groups of health workers. Design Sequential mixed methods study. Setting English universities. Participants Seventy university tutors. Methods Online questionnaire and in-depth interviews. Findings Tutors did not consider that the online learning materials would be suitable for a wider audience without significant adaptation. They thought that uptake would increase need for tutorial input. Conclusion Our findings demonstrate the pitfalls of removing learning from the context of practice. Technology customised to meet the needs of one group of learners probably does not have the potential for transfer to another group without significant adaptation. Those responsible for designing e-learning should take into account the needs of all the different audiences for whom the resource is intended from the outset, with consideration for the context in which learning will be applied to practice and how students will be supported. If the same package is to be used by different audiences and in different settings, tutors and students will require explicit instructions of how they should use the resource and depth of knowledge and level of competency that should be attained at the conclusion of the programme.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Web-based learning; Online learning; Continuing professional development; Transferability; Communities of learning
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0260-6917
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 11:46

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