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ERIC Number: EJ1019430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Reality-Based Learning: Outbreak, an Engaging Introductory Course in Public Health and Epidemiology
Calonge, David Santandreu; Grando, Danilla
Health Education Journal, v72 n5 p584-600 Sep 2013
Objective: To develop a totally online reality-based course that engages students and enables the development of enhanced teamwork and report-writing skills. Setting: Outbreaks of infectious diseases impacts upon commerce, trade and tourism as well as placing strains on healthcare systems. A general course introducing university students to epidemiology and public health would help public education into the consequences of worldwide outbreaks. Methods: Scaffolding of course activities was used to enable students to build upon skill acquisition and development. Student feedback was used to continuously improve the course. Results: The course enables around 80 students per year to engage efficiently and effectively with the courseware. Student satisfaction was high and has improved with fine-tuning of the course. Conclusions: We have developed an effective team-based course that has high student engagement and satisfaction. The model could be used to effectively deliver other science-based courses online.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia