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Journal Issue
Volume 13 Issue 6, ICEL 2015 / Dec 2015  pp429‑474

Editor: Pandora Johnson

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Editorial  pp429‑430

Pandora Johnson

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Social Media for Learning and Teaching Undergraduate Sciences: Good Practice Guidelines from Intervention  pp431‑441

Jyothi Thalluri, Joy Penman

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Synthesizing Technology Adoption and Learners Approaches Towards Active Learning in Higher Education  pp442‑451

Kevin Chan, George Cheung, Kelvin Wan, Ian Brown, Green Luk

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Visualisation and Gamification of e‑Learning and Programming Education  pp452‑465

Marie Olsson, Peter Mozelius, Jonas Collin

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Online Continuing Education for Health Professionals: Does Sticky Design Promote Practice‑relevance?  pp466‑474

Roxanne Ward Zaghab, Carlos Maldonado, Dongsook Whitehead, Felicia Bartlett, Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner

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Abstract

Abstract: Online continuing education (CE) holds promise as an effective method for rapid dissemination of emerging evidence‑based practices in health care. Yet, the field of CE continues to develop and delivery is predominately face‑to‑face programs. P ractice‑oriented online educational methods and e‑learning platforms are not fully utilized. Educational theorists suggest an experiential approach to CE consistent with adult learning theory. A compelling question remains: Can online asynchronous CE prog ramming prepare health care providers in delivering higher‑level practice competencies?. To address this question, the authors have identified seven composite ⠜sticky⠀ factors that have been critical to the engagement of learners and the creation and delivery of practice‑oriented online educational programs (Zaghab et al, 2015). The sticky factors are based in knowledge management (Nonaka, 1994; Szulanski, 2002) and adult education or andragogy (Knowles, 1970; 1984). In this paper, sticky factor s are mapped to Moore and colleagues⠒ (2009) higher level learning outcomes in health care CE. Data are presented on learner reported practice‑related outcomes in a selection of online CE courses on the CIPS Knowledge Enterprise⌢ portal with the Uni versity of Maryland School of Pharmacy⠒s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS). A dynamic, adaptive e‑learning environment built by technology partner, Connect for Education, Inc., provides the innovative platform and the Acclaim! interactiv e learning technology. This technology‑instructional partnership is dedicated to an iterative continuous improvement process called the Learner Stewardship Cycle (Zaghab et al, 2015). The cycle improves stickiness and learner engagement in order to achi eve higher‑level learning outcomes in CE. Findings suggest that of the 769 learners successfully completing an online course with two or more sticky design segments, the majority report reaching level 4, 5 and 6 learning competencies. Learners from the pr ofessions of pharmacy, nursing, medicine, and other health 

 

Keywords: Keywords: Health Care Practitioner, continuing education, situated online learning, learner engagement, continuous improvement, and practitioner-learner

 

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