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A Facebook group for rural nurses to develop research proposal writing skills. Dr Jennifer Chipps, Sydney Nursing School

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A Facebook group for rural nurses to develop research proposal writing skills. Dr Jennifer Chipps, Sydney Nursing School

  1. 1. A Facebook Group for Rural Nurses to develop Research Proposal Writing Skills Dr Jennifer Chipps1 Prof Petra Brysiewicz1 Fiona WaltersP Dr Christopher Pimmer2 Dr Sebastian Linxen2 Prof Urs Grobhiel2 1School of 2Institute Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa of Information Systems, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland
  2. 2. The Problem doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000294.g004
  3. 3. The Problem • • • • • ± 840 km ± 526 km ± 574 km ± 694 Km ± 420 km
  4. 4. The Approach • Post Nurse Registration UG degree in Advanced Midwifery • Blended Learning – Videoconference-based education to rural sites – Local Research Project • Mobile phone Research Support Facebook Group to support students in developing a 2-page research concept paper
  5. 5. The Results • • • • • • • 57 students (68.8%) completed the pre-survey. Low computer use for education & only 38.2% used Facebook. Project officer visited the 5 site and installed Facebook on phones All second year students (47) enrolled in the Facebook Group. The Research Support Facebook Group ran over 4 months Intensive participation & rich forms of mentoring activities found All student groups submitted feasible research project plans • https://www.facebook.com/groups/admresearchgroup/
  6. 6. Where to next? • PhD Support Group for students doing a systematic reviews as part of their PhD • If students visit our LMS sites as often as they go on Facebook, we will have far more active engagement in learning.

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