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Journal Issue
Volume 5 Issue 4, e-Learning in Health Care / Dec 2007  pp251‑304

Editor: Pam Moule

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A Nurse Prescribing Programme Incorporating e‑Learning  pp251‑260

Joan Burgess

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Exploring Virtual Opportunities to Enhance and Promote an Emergent Community of Practice  pp261‑270

Kathy Courtney

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Issues Around Creating a Reusable Learning Object to Support Statistics Teaching  pp271‑278

Mollie Gilchrist

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Web‑Based Learning in Practice Settings: Nurses' Experiences and Perceptions of Impact on Patient Care  pp279‑286

Lesley Lockyer, Pam Moule, Deirdre McGuigan

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Face‑to‑face vs. Real‑time Clinical Education: no Significant Difference  pp287‑296

Y.Q. Mohammed, G. Waddington, P. Donnan

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Abstract

The main objective of this pilot research project was to determine whether the use of an internet broadband link to stream physiotherapy clinical education workshop proceedings in "real‑time" is of equivalent educational value to the traditional face‑to‑face experience. This project looked at the benefits of using the above technology as an educational tool and its impact on educators only, it did not investigate possible related factors such as the cost of employing this technology nor the technicalities of setting up the proposed technology as these objectives were beyond the scope of the study. In 2006 three physiotherapy educators' workshops were selected for streaming at the University of Canberra. Two groups of educators attended the workshops at geographically separate venues, face‑to‑face (on‑site) and real‑time internet streaming (off‑site). Group one (on‑site) attended face‑to‑face lectures at the Canberra Hospital ACT Australia; lectures were streamed using a standard personal computer and digital camera to group two (off‑site) at the University of Canberra and Calvary Hospital ACT. At the end of the workshops all participants completed the questionnaire survey. Obtained results were analyzed using t‑tests. No significant difference was found between the participants' assessment of the educational value derived from either off or on‑site attendance at the workshop. 

 

Keywords: face-to-face, real-time, educators, clinical education, interactions internet broadband, telemedicine, videoconferencing

 

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On the Road to Virtual Europe — Redux  pp297‑304

Andy Pulman

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