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Making neuroscience important and relevant: Online learning in an innovative Bachelor of Dementia Care program


Goldberg, L and Carr, A and Canty, A and Klekociuk, S and Ward, D and Landowski, L and King, C and McInerney, F and Vickers, J, Making neuroscience important and relevant: Online learning in an innovative Bachelor of Dementia Care program, E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training: Second International Conference, eLEOT 2015, 16-18, 2015, Novedrate, Italy, pp. 84-91. ISBN 978-3-319-28882-6 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28883-3


Neuroscience is an important component of STEM disciplines and fundamental to understanding dementia, a growing worldwide public health issue. Understanding the neuropathology and clinical manifestations of dementia is important for those who need to provide effective daily care for adults with dementia. Dementia care workers form a non-traditional student cohort and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania (Australia) has developed a fully online Bachelor of Dementia Care degree to facilitate their educational and professional development. This paper documents the success of 65 adult learners as they completed four neuroscience units in the degree. Adult learners with no previous university experience performed similarly to those with university experience suggesting that this unique online degree is appropriately designed for students with limited educational backgrounds. Analysis of studentsí comments on the impact of their neuroscience learning indicated increased understanding and confidence in the care they provided.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Bachelor of Dementia Care, dementia care, online learning, neuroscience, neuropathology
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Goldberg, L (Associate Professor Louis Goldberg)
UTAS Author:Carr, A (Associate Professor Andrea Carr)
UTAS Author:Canty, A (Associate Professor Alison Canty)
UTAS Author:Klekociuk, S (Dr Shannon Klekociuk)
UTAS Author:Ward, D (Mr David Ward)
UTAS Author:Landowski, L (Dr Lila Landowski)
UTAS Author:King, C (Dr Carolyn King)
UTAS Author:McInerney, F (Professor Fran McInerney)
UTAS Author:Vickers, J (Professor James Vickers)
ID Code:106528
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-02-12
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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