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The early benefits of a problem-based approach to teaching social inclusion using an online virtual town

Santy-Tomlinson, J; Santy, Julie; Beadle, Mary

Authors

J Santy-Tomlinson

Julie Santy

Mary Beadle M.L.Beadle@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

This article describes the delivery of a core pre-registration nursing and midwifery module centred on social inclusion. The module was previously delivered using a classroom-based problem-based learning approach. Difficulties with this approach led to changes to the module and its delivery. Logistic issues encouraged the module team to implement a blended learning approach using a virtual town to facilitate online learning and discussion activities. The paper describes and discusses the use of online learning technology to support student nurses and midwives. It highlights the benefits of this approach and outlines some of the experiences of the students including their evaluation of the virtual town. There is also an examination of some of the practical and theoretical issues related to both problem-based learning, online working and using a virtual town to support learning. This article outlines the approach taken and its implications.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008-05
Journal Nurse education in practice
Print ISSN 1471-5953
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 190-196
APA6 Citation Santy, J., & Beadle, M. (2008). The early benefits of a problem-based approach to teaching social inclusion using an online virtual town. Nurse education in practice, 8(3), (190-196). doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2007.07.004. ISSN 1471-5953
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2007.07.004
Keywords Problem-based learning; Social inclusion; E-learning; Virtual town
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471595307000650?via%3Dihub
PMID 17855168
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