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An Evaluative Case Study of Online Learning for Healthcare Professionals


Pullen, DL, An Evaluative Case Study of Online Learning for Healthcare Professionals, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 37, (5) pp. 225-232. ISSN 0022-0124 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3928/00220124-20060901-04


Background: This evaluation study assessed the pedagogical and instructional design (e-pedagogy) effectiveness of online continuing professional education (CPE) courses offered by a large Australian CPE provider. Methods: A naturalistic theory approach and a multilevel evaluation were used to examine the impact of web-based learning on more than 300 healthcare professionals. Participant satisfaction, learning achievement, self-reported practice performance change, and e-pedagogical courseware characteristics were assessed by various qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. Results: Findings revealed that learning online was an effective means for increasing CPE knowledge (p < .05) and improving self-reported practice performance change (p < .05). Courses containing a clinical tool resulted in an increased self-reported practice performance change over courses that did not (Zobs = 3.757). Conclusion: Online CPE offers a convenient format for healthcare professionals from educationally and geographically diverse populations to update their knowledge and view best practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pullen, DL (Dr Darren Pullen)
ID Code:40839
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-06

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