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Online Learning and Aspirations in the Bachelor of Dementia Care degree

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Canty, A and Burke, KF and Carr, AR and Ceperkovic, H and Elliott, Kate-Ellen and Goldberg, LR and Grace, A and Jestrimski, JW and Kleinig, KL and Landowski, LM and Minstrell, ML and Price, AD, Online Learning and Aspirations in the Bachelor of Dementia Care degree, Aspirations Matter 2014, 5th December, 2014, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]


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Background/context: There is a clear need for society to understand and address the needs of the increasing number of older adults, both those who are healthy and those with agerelated diseases such as dementia. Gerontology programs in higher education institutions are an integral aspect of this understanding but often have low enrolments. Adults who are working in aged care and who desire to continue their learning are an un-tapped resource.

Initiative: The Universityís Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre has implemented an innovative, flexible, fully online Bachelor of Dementia Care degree for adults working in the aged care sector who wish to further their qualifications and provide evidence-based services to the increasing number of people with dementia. This online degree is the first of its kind.

Method of data collection/delivery: Numerous data sets are embedded in the course to collect longitudinal qualitative and quantitative data on Knowledge, Skills, and Application and to measure student engagement, retention, and progression.

Review of the project: This paper outlines the degree and the number of adult learners enrolled to date by state and country. It presents a thematic analysis of studentsí comments about what they have gained from the program and how the care they deliver to people with dementia has changed as a result of their learning. It highlights initiatives students have undertaken to create dementia-friendly communities with the support of local and state policy-makers. It emphasises the programís aspiration to welcome staff at all state-based aged care facilities to the degree.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:thematic analysis, gerontology studies, higher education, non-traditional learners
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning Processes
Author:Canty, A (Associate Professor Alison Canty)
Author:Burke, KF (Ms Kathy Burke)
Author:Carr, AR (Associate Professor Andrea Carr)
Author:Ceperkovic, H (Mrs Helen Ceperkovic)
Author:Elliott, Kate-Ellen (Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott)
Author:Goldberg, LR (Dr Lyn Goldberg)
Author:Grace, A (Dr Abbie Grace)
Author:Jestrimski, JW (Mr James Jestrimski)
Author:Kleinig, KL (Mrs Kerri Kleinig)
Author:Landowski, LM (Dr Lila Landowski)
Author:Minstrell, ML (Dr Melinda Minstrell)
Author:Price, AD (Miss Andrea Price)
ID Code:102509
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2015-08-25
Last Modified:2015-08-25
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