Tutors' opinions of suitability of online learning programmes in continuing professional development for midwives

Gould, Dinah, Papadopoulos, Irena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6291-4332 and Kelly, Daniel (2014) Tutors' opinions of suitability of online learning programmes in continuing professional development for midwives. Nurse Education Today, 34 (4) . pp. 613-618. ISSN 0260-6917 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.006)


Background: Online learning is frequently used in continuing professional development for qualified nurses and midwives. It is frequently assumed that the same package is appropriate for different groups of learners and that by reducing the need for tutorial input, tutorial time is saved.
Objectives: We evaluated the suitability of an online learning resource for suitability in continuing professional development for midwives. Originally developed for use as part of a work-based package for a specific audience, there had always been plans for more general use of the resource with other groups of health workers.
Design: Sequential mixed methods study.
Setting: English universities.
Participants: Seventy university tutors.
Methods: Online questionnaire and in-depth interviews.
Findings: Tutors did not consider that the online learning materials would be suitable for a wider audience without significant adaptation. They thought that uptake would increase need for tutorial input.
Conclusion: Our findings demonstrate the pitfalls of removing learning from the context of practice. Technology customised to meet the needs of one group of learners probably does not have the potential for transfer to another group without significant adaptation. Those responsible for designing e-learning should take into account the needs of all the different audiences for whom the resource is intended from the outset, with consideration for the context in which learning will be applied to practice and how students will be supported. If the same package is to be used by different audiences and in different settings, tutors and students will require explicit instructions of how they should use the resource and depth of knowledge and level of competency that should be attained at the conclusion of the programme.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Web-based learning, online learning, continuing professional development, transferability, communities of learning
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 11508
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Depositing User: Rena Papadopoulos
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 05:58
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2019 15:58
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11508

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