ERIC Number: EJ1201022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Efficacy of Online Training for Improving Camp Staff Competency
Garst, Barry A.; Gagnon, Ryan J.; Brawley, Alice M.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v19 n1 p12-27 2019
Preparing competent staff is a critical issue within the camp community. This quasi-experimental study examined the effectiveness of an online course for improving staff competency in camp healthcare practices among college-aged camp staff and a comparison group (N = 55). We hypothesized that working in camp would increase competency test scores due to opportunities for staff to experientially apply knowledge learned online. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to analyse the cross-level effects of a between-individuals factor (assignment to experimental or comparison group) and within-individual effects of time (pre-test, post-test #1, and post-test #2) on online course test scores. At post-test #2, the difference in average test scores between groups was ~30 points, with the treatment group scoring lower on average than the comparison group. Factors that may have influenced these findings are explored, including fatigue and the limited durability of online learning. Recommendations for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Pretests Posttests, Instructional Effectiveness, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Scoring, Staff Development, Summer Programs, Health Services, Tests, Scores, Competence, College Students, Disabilities, Recreational Activities, Experiential Learning, College School Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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