On-line case discussion assessment in Ultrasound: The effect on student centred and inter-professional learning

Harrison, G., Mulloy, B., Harris, A. & Flinton, D. M. (2012). On-line case discussion assessment in Ultrasound: The effect on student centred and inter-professional learning. Radiography, 18(3), pp. 160-165. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2012.03.003

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Abstract

In 2009 an asynchronous on-line case discussion assessment was introduced, to replace an existing traditional case-study assessment, within the Medical Ultrasound Programmes at City University London, to help extend collaborative, interprofessional student-led learning skills. Two clinical modules were used to develop the on-line learning method with associated assessments. Students selected and led a clinical case from their department, uploaded anonymised images and case details with questions, to encourage interaction from other colleagues. Thirty students participated in the on-line case discussions. The assessment was evaluated via informal feedback, end of module feedback and an on-line questionnaire. Some students completed two modules, using the on-line discussion, others were involved in only one module, of which 21 out of 26 students completed end of module feedback for the 1st module and 18 out of 20 students completed feedback from the 2nd module. Twelve students out of 30 completed the on-line questionnaire. Feedback suggested that the on-line case discussions were a good learning tool, providing a wide range of cases for students to participate in or read and learn from each other. All students found the cases interesting, engaging and useful, but time consuming. Despite the small numbers involved, useful feedback was provided to assist further development of the assessment, particularly in relation to the number of cases being assessed and length of availability. On-line case discussions are an innovative, engaging method to encourage self directed, collaborative learning which could be utilised in the health care setting to share interesting cases, promote inter-professional and self-directed learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Journal title>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Radiography Volume 18, Issue 3, August 2012, Pages 160–165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2012.03.003
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asynchronous; Discussion forum; Assessment; Inter-professional; Clinical case
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Radiography
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/1137

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