Online Learning Update

September 23, 2014

Motivating Undergraduate Students via Online Learning to Develop Clinical Competencies

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Kevin P. McNamara, Chooi Yeng Lee, Pharmacy Education

The module focuses on approaches to counselling techniques for chronic disease management. It is complemented by therapeutics lectures, counselling tutorial and an objective structured clinical examination. A student survey, constructed based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour, was undertaken after completion of the assessment. Sixty two percent reported increased motivation to practice what they had learnt during placements, and a majority also reported improved attitudes and perceived self-efficacy. Levels of motivation had significant moderate correlations with improved appreciation of counselling techniques (r=0.489, p<0.001), and confidence to further practice blood pressure counselling (r=0.411, p<0.001). Increased motivation to manage hypertension during future placements appears correlated with perceived self-efficacy and engagement with the learning concepts.

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