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Nurse Educ Today. 2013 Jan;33(1):53-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.06.008. Epub 2012 Jul 18.

Interactive, technology-enhanced self-regulated learning tools in healthcare education: a literature review.

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Early Years Division, School of Health Sciences, City University, London, EC1A, United Kingdom. j.d.petty@city.ac.uk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Learning technology is increasingly being implemented for programmes of blended learning within nurse education. With a growing emphasis on self-directed study particularly in post-basic education, there is a need for learners to be guided in their learning away from practice and limited classroom time. Technology-enabled (TE) tools which engage learners actively can play a part in this. The effectiveness and value of interactive TE learning strategies within healthcare is the focus of this paper.

OBJECTIVES:

To identify literature that explores the effectiveness of interactive, TE tools on knowledge acquisition and learner satisfaction within healthcare with a view to evaluating their use for post-basic nurse education.

DESIGN:

A Literature Review was performed focusing on papers exploring the comparative value and perceived benefit of TE tools compared to traditional modes of learning within healthcare.

DATA SOURCES:

The Databases identified as most suitable due to their relevance to healthcare were accessed through EBSCOhost.

REVIEW METHODS:

Primary, Boolean and advanced searches on key terms were undertaken. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied which resulted in a final selection of 11 studies for critique.

FINDINGS:

Analysis of the literature found that knowledge acquisition in most cases was enhanced and measured learner satisfaction was generally positive for interactive, self-regulated TE tools. However, TE education may not suit all learners and this is critiqued in the light of the identified limitations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Interactive self regulation and/or testing can be a valuable learning strategy that can be incorporated into self-directed programmes of study for post-registration learners. Whilst acknowledging the learning styles not suited to such tools, the concurrent use of self-directed TE tools with those learning strategies necessitating a more social presence can work together to support enhancement of knowledge required to deliver rationale for nursing practice.

PMID:
22818225
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2012.06.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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