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Exploring Student Engagement Across Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction in Healthcare

Chapman, Paula (2018) Exploring Student Engagement Across Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction in Healthcare. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Student engagement in healthcare education can be a critical factor in actively learning skills that can transfer directly into practice. This small scale research study was focussed on the topic of student engagement in healthcare education. In particular, there were three distinct areas of enquiry, the engagement levels of multidisciplinary staff, the factors that contribute to a successful blended learning programme and finally, what recommendations can be drawn from research and this study to create fit for purpose, robust and dynamic blending learning programmes in the future.

The research was conducted across 3 cohorts of healthcare staff undertaking an Enhanced Clinical Skills programme in a blended learning environment with both traditional face to face sessions and online sessions. The research instrument employed was a self reporting survey, the Synchronous and Asynchronous Engagement Scale (SASES). The research tool comprised three sections, a demographic section, a Likert scale and a qualitative question and answer section. A qualitative and quantitative analysis was used to analyse the results of the survey.

There were four themes identified which were linked to student engagement levels, these were student motivation and engagement, collaborative learning and virtual learning spaces, the importance of accessibility to learning and programme content and relevance.

The results of the study concurred with previous research linking student motivation to intrinsic factors. The findings were also similar to current literature citing content and the activities in the online component as important factors contributing to the success of the blended learning programme.

Even though this was a small scale study it mirrored a number of findings from literature and also provided recommendations for future programmes.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Blended Learning
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2018 12:07
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2018 12:07

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