Using Technology in Professional Education

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This paper discusses and explores the development of an interactive multi-professional online package that updates and supports health and social care professionals who are responsible for assessment and learning in practice settings. The package is innovative in that it aims to present content that is relevant and useful to fourteen health and social care professions delivered from nine Universities across the Yorkshire and Humber region of the United Kingdom. Despite there being many available opportunities to attend study sessions; it has become evident that increased workloads and limited staffing resources are making it progressively more difficult for healthcare professionals to attend any form of activity that requires them to leave the practice environment. One of the benefits from providing the content online is that the update activity can be undertaken as and when convenient for the mentor, 24 hours a day-7 days a week, with the facility to stop and restart as needed.
The structure of the online package divides the content into generic and profession-specific sections. The generic section is designed for the mentor to review their current knowledge of mentorship; to enable them to reflect on their experiences of mentorship; and then update their knowledge and awareness of contemporary mentorship. The profession specific sections provide the mentor with up-to-date information that is relevant to the courses from the Higher Education Institution(s) that their mentees come from. Integral to the package are problem based learning scenarios and the ability to undertake the update as a member of a group that promotes inter disciplinary learning.
The effectiveness of the package has been measured through heuristic evaluation identifying that the on line package allows freedom to access the information at a time convenient to the user; promotes questioning abilities of the users and provides a platform to link theory to practice.

Keywords: Online Learning, Health Care Professionals, Interdisciplinary Learning, Higher Education, Problem-Based Learning
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr Karen Ousey

Principal Lecturer, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Dr. Karen Ousey is a principal lecturer within the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. Her clinical background is in orthopaedics and tissue viability with her research interests including the socialisation of student nurses; problem based learning as a learning and teaching strategy and tissue viability. Karen has published in various journals regarding the socialisation of students and in the area of tissue viability. Additionally she has authored the text ‘Pressure area care’ and co authored the text ‘Lower extremity wounds: A problem based Approach.’

Stephen White

Senior Lecturer, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Stephen White is a senior lecturer within the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. His clinical background is as an Operating Department Practitioner and his research interests focus around the utilisation of technology in the teaching, learning and assessment of healthcare professionals. His fields of activity include the design and evaluation of materials used within e-learning, hybrid, and m-learning formats; with particular interest in the barriers that hinder their implementation within healthcare education.

Ref: L10P0007