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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.07 - Advancing online education: from text driven pedagogy to interactive learning

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An interprofessional team of Health Sciences faculty at a Canadian University, as well as experts in instructional design and evaluation, has updated an open access, online interprofessional education program: ‘Preceptor Education Program for Health Professionals and Students’ (PEP). This program, originally launched in 2007, is designed to prepare both students and preceptors for on-site professional practice experiences and hasbeen accessed by more than 20,000 users.

The funding received from the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) Online Initiative through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in 2015 created the opportunity to update existing modules and develop a new one. These 9 modules are interactive with downloadable resources, learning exercises, animated video case scenarios and references. Contemporary technological updates have been made to content and learning activities based on constructivist, experiential and reflective learning theory (Kolb, 1984; Schön, 1987) as well as theories of e-learning (Butcher et al., 2014; Underhill, 2006).

Prior to the January 2016 launch of edition two of the PEP program the modules underwent pilot testing with 73 students and preceptors. The design team used feedback from the pilot test to refine the technological and pedagogical approaches used to foster learning and self-evaluation within the modules.

Learning outcomes of the poster include increased knowledge about: a) insights from the team’s redesign experience related to: online pedagogy, technological considerations, the online educational design process, interprofessional team work, working with an external production team and, in-house support; and b) how the 8 standards from the Quality Matters rubric - Learning Objectives (Competencies); Assessment and Measurement; Instructional Materials; Course Activities and Learner Interaction Course Technology; Learner Support; Accessibility and Usability - guided revisions and innovations to modules. Pilot test results for all modules will be presented.

Butcher, N., Wilson-Strydom, M., Uvalic-Trumbic. S., Daniel, J. (2014). A Guide to Quality in Online Learning. Academic Partnerships. Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty and Instructors, Contact North (http://teachonline.ca/tools-trends/quality-guidelines-and-practice/faculty-member-what-do-i-need-know-about-quality-online-learning Accessed online Oct 25, 2014).

Kolb, D. (1984). Experiential Learning: Experience as the source of learning and development. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Schön, D. (1983). The reflective practitioner. How professional think in action. New York: Basic Books.

Underhill, A.F. (2006). Theories of learning and their implications for online assessment. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 7(1), 165-174.


Karen Ferguson

Karen Ferguson is a Registered Nurse and Lecturer in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University with research interests in simulated teaching environments, preceptored learning and professional development.
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Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00 EDT
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University