ERIC Number: EJ1126451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Online Continuing Professional Education: An Evaluative Case Study
Pullen, Darren L.
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v11 n2 p129-141 Nov 2005
An evaluation study, assessing the pedagogical and instructional design (e-pedagogy) effectiveness of online continuing professional education (CPE) courses offered by a large Australasian CPE provider to health care professionals (HCPs). The study used a naturalistic theory approach in conjunction with a multilevel evaluation to examine the impact of Web-based learning on over 300 HCPs. Several evaluative criteria (participant satisfaction, learning achievement, self-reported practice performance change and e-pedagogical courseware characteristics) were assessed by various qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. The evaluation revealed that learning online was an effective means for increasing CPE knowledge (p < 0.05) and improving self-reported practice performance change (p < 0.05). Additionally the study revealed that of the 42 courses examined, those which included a pedagogically scaffolded clinical or diagnostic learning support tool (57 per cent) resulted in an increased self-reported practice performance change compared with those courses which did not include the scaffolded support tool (Z[subscript obs] 3.757). Participants were very satisfied with the self-paced instruction, timing of both the facilitator and server-generated course comments and the amount of learning content which could be undertaken in a learning sitting.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Professional Continuing Education, Program Evaluation, Case Studies, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Health Personnel, Health Education, Web Based Instruction, Evaluation Criteria, Participant Satisfaction, Medical Education, Academic Achievement, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Computer Software, Electronic Learning, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Performance Based Assessment, Independent Study, Pacing, Time Factors (Learning), Educational Technology, Distance Education, Computer Software Evaluation, Likert Scales, Pretests Posttests, Behavior Change, Attitude Change, Knowledge Level, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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