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Using Online Continuing Education to Translate Bone Health Research Into Practice

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  • Thank you. My presentation today describes a pilot project we developed at the Dairy Council of California offering an online course to health professionals. The topic that we selected was Translating Bone Health Research into practice. I will take the next few minutes to describe our project and the outcomes.
  • Fnce Oct 26 Bligh Poster Final

    1. 1. Using Online Continuing Education to Translate Bone Health Research Into Practice Maureen Bligh, MA, RD FNCE October 26, 2008
    2. 2. Background <ul><li>Characteristics of adult learners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer problem-centered learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer to manage their own learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have varied learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Age, education level and profession do not affect effectiveness and acceptance of online education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective form of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time efficient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>J Am Diet Assoc . 2007; 107 :1333–1338 </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Purpose <ul><li>Pilot an online CE course – target audience RDs and Fitness Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Course topic to be developed: Bone Health for Children and Adolescents: Implications for Client Counseling </li></ul>
    4. 4. Procedure <ul><li>Review other online courses and identify “best practices” </li></ul><ul><li>Determine best format for the course </li></ul><ul><li>Select a CE course provider </li></ul><ul><li>Develop course content </li></ul><ul><li>Contact “guest speakers” </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase software and microphones </li></ul><ul><li>Add graphics and audio </li></ul><ul><li>Launch and market the course </li></ul>
    5. 5. Outcome <ul><li>The course resides on the Dairy Council of California website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.dairycouncilofca.org/HealthProfessionals/BoneHealthCourse/BH_online.aspx </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The course includes two components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 minute narrated slide presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDF handout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Background research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Client assessment tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Client education tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Additional resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliography </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The CE provider is Nutrition Dimension – Free to read, $35 for 3 CE credits </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. The following are some sample slides from the course
    7. 7. Bone Health in Children <ul><li>Fracture incidence in children has increased </li></ul><ul><li>Boys today are 32% more likely to break a bone than their parents were </li></ul><ul><li>Girls are 56% more likely to break a bone than their parents were </li></ul>Khosla S et al. JAMA 2003;17;290(11):1479-85
    8. 8. Laura Bacharach, MD <ul><li>The rise in fractures in otherwise healthy children in past 4 decades reflects unhealthy changes in lifestyle. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Risk Factors for Fracture <ul><li>Inadequate bone mass </li></ul><ul><li>Early age of first fracture </li></ul><ul><li>Avoidance of cow’s milk </li></ul><ul><li>Low dietary calcium intakes </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of physical activity </li></ul><ul><li>Overweight and obesity </li></ul>Goulding et al. J Bone Miner Res 2005;20(12):2090-6
    10. 10. Marketing <ul><li>Nutrition Dimension sent email announcing the course to 26,000 RD/DTR from their database </li></ul><ul><li>Dairy Council of California emailed 2,500 health professionals from our website </li></ul><ul><li>Placed notices in several CDA district newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Post card included in Health Connections newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Incentive: We offered the first 100 for free - very successful in generating interest </li></ul>
    11. 11. Results
    12. 12. Comments <ul><li>“I really liked the slide format. Very easy to listen to and kept my attention better than reading the whole time. Really enjoyed the course. I will be able to use a lot of the information in my practice.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I really liked taking courses online for my CE. I actually thought the courses (I took three) were much better than sitting in a meeting room all day.” </li></ul>
    13. 13. Comments <ul><li>“This is the first online course I have taken. I have been apprehensive about not having a course book. I loved this one. The lecture was clearly presented and I could repeat for any point that I was not quite clear on. Thanks for the education!” </li></ul>
    14. 14. Challenges <ul><li>Developmental software was not as user friendly as we had hoped </li></ul><ul><li>Program loads slowly on the website </li></ul><ul><li>Creating audio files with guest speakers was challenging due to different computer settings and platforms </li></ul>
    15. 15. Conclusions <ul><li>This pilot project indicated that online CE course can be: </li></ul><ul><li>Cost-effective for the user </li></ul><ul><li>Positive user experience </li></ul><ul><li>Offers course over an extended period of time (course duration - 2 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Can update course information when new research becomes available </li></ul>
    16. 16. Next Steps <ul><li>Continued marketing of bone health course to targeted audiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through routine Dairy Council of California health professional marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To appear in Nutrition Dimension catalog mailed in January 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrition Dimension to market to fitness professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We will be adding another course to our website next year integrating what we have learned from this pilot program </li></ul>
    17. 17. Thank You <ul><li>Maureen Bligh, MA, RD </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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