Friday, 22 August 2014

e-learning or the old way?

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

I am a great advocate of online learning having been converted several years ago when I undertook a course in how to teach online which I took...online.  The programme was called Learning to Teach Online (LeTTOL in short) run by Sheffield College and I simply cannot praise it highly enough.  I was able, immediately, to set up an online module at The University of Sheffield as part of an online Masters in Nursing (we never saw the students face-to-face) in writing for publication and Wiley colleagues participated as guest tutors.  The module was popular and demanding but several publication by participants were the result.

Therefore, I came to this article by McCutcheon et al. (2014) already biased in favour of the medium; the article is titled: A systematic review evaluating the impact of online or blended learning vs. face-to-face learning of clinical skills in undergraduate nurse education and is published in JAN.  The article is paper-based, being a review of evidence, and the conclusion is that online learning is just as effective as face-to-face learning.  The outcome was no surprise to me but I was very glad to see it.  The authors advocate further research in the area, especially to see how effective blended learning (a combination of online and face-to-face) is in teaching clinical skills to undergraduate students.

Reference

  1. McCutcheon K,
  2. Lohan M,
  3. Traynor M,
  4. Martin D (2014) 
  5. A systematic review evaluating the impact of online or blended learning vs. face-to-face learning of clinical skills in undergraduate nurse education Journal of Advanced Nursing 
    DOI: 10.1111/jan.12509

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