Work placement blogs to harnessdiverse learning experiences and  foster a community of practice                         Dr...
Common to all placements
Community specific
Hospital specific
Hospital vs community
Hospital vs community
And others....
Previous assessment
Where do these experiences go?    experi    ences
So many missed opportunitiesfor learning• Sharing experiences‘Assessment for learning,  not of learning’• Ongoing reflecti...
Community of Practice• ‘Communities   of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they...
Fostering a COP when there is nopersonal contact• In education, embedding online  discussions    Engage students in colla...
The blog groups• Blogging groups of 3 - 5• Mixed (community and hospital)• Mostly self-assigned
Blog contents• Private to class• Individual blog• 400 word (approx) on 4  prescribed dates about 2  months into most  plac...
Use of Webcourses to host blog
• Tutor feedback after first post    encouraging description, reflection, and relating     experiences to theory    not ...
Evaluation• N=33• Four point Likert rating  scale [Strongly agree,  Agree, Disagree,  Strongly disagree]
Results: Using the software                       Agree    Disagree      95                  92                           ...
Results: Feelings towards blogposting                       Agree    Disagree                                             ...
Results: Feedback to improveblog                    Agree   Disagree                                             97 80    ...
Results: Community of Practice                       Agree    Disagree     100                                            ...
Results: Learning andPerformance                       Agree    Disagree     88                          68               ...
Preliminary Blog Statistics Number of      Total number    Instructor   Average        Most active   Least active student ...
Comment quality• Perception that comments less important than  blogs• Some were trivial and lacking empathy or  reflection...
Conclusion• Blogs are very successful for  fostering a Community of  Practice for students on  Work placement• Mature stud...
More to do...• More training so students develop  and appreciate the power of  reflection for learning and  professional d...
Acknowledgements• DIT LTTC  PD Dip team  Fionnughla Kelly• DIT E-Learning Summer School  Taking the pain and fear out o...
Link to Webcourses• https://dit.blackboard.com/webct/urw/lc5122011  .tp0/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct
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  • (6 months: 30 ECTS: Hospital or Community Pharmacy) Reading prescriptions, answering the phone, dispensing drugs
  • Counselling patients, smoking cessations, safety in the sun, methadone services
  • Ward top-up, put in Clozapine Clinics
  • Extemp preps
  • Surprised to read Cocaine dispensed for for nasal surgery. More surprised to hear about Thalidomide dispensed in community for a man with cancer
  • Forged prescriptions, theft, armed robberies, rearing leeches.
  • Students commonly nervous during oral presentation. Even if a controversial or unusual case was discussed, often other students were quiet. Too long after the incident to get peer or tutor support. Aim to develope communication and presentation skills. Not detailed enough or in-depth enough to get proper peer or tutor support.
  • Black hole.
  • Sharing experiences,Peer support/isolation
  • Define blog: online personal journal, reverse chronological order (most recent first), can be open access or invite only, can be open for comments.
  • All students in the class had access to read (and comment on) the complete set of blogs.
  • Get better screen shot
  • utilised the same commenting feature within the discussion forum as students used to comment on each other’s blog posting
  • Comment: No problem for mature students. Most didn’t need peer help as could use software
  • Comment: No problem for mature students. Most didn’t need peer help as could use software. Most posted by date required. Blog software records all this!
  • Feedback from lecturer aimed to promote reflection.
  • Feeling connected to class very important in distance learning, and placement is a similar situation. That they read beyond that required for the assessment is a measure of the perceived usefullness of reading peer blogs.
  • Most learning from reading peer experiences. Perhaps more support and training required to help them put into practice the learning. Possib;y they don’t identify with, or can’t appreciate the learning by reflection. However many blogs, and particularly comments were not reflective, adn this needs to be addressed.
  • 12 comments represents minimum requested.
  • Work placement blogs to harness diverse learning experiences and foster a community of practice

    1. 1. Work placement blogs to harnessdiverse learning experiences and foster a community of practice Dr. Julie Dunne DIT College of Science
    2. 2. Common to all placements
    3. 3. Community specific
    4. 4. Hospital specific
    5. 5. Hospital vs community
    6. 6. Hospital vs community
    7. 7. And others....
    8. 8. Previous assessment
    9. 9. Where do these experiences go? experi ences
    10. 10. So many missed opportunitiesfor learning• Sharing experiences‘Assessment for learning, not of learning’• Ongoing reflection, to turn experiences in learning
    11. 11. Community of Practice• ‘Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly’ Wenger 2006
    12. 12. Fostering a COP when there is nopersonal contact• In education, embedding online discussions  Engage students in collaborative learning  Encourage deeper analysis and critical thinking  For reflection  To support a community of practice  To uncover the hidden curriculum
    13. 13. The blog groups• Blogging groups of 3 - 5• Mixed (community and hospital)• Mostly self-assigned
    14. 14. Blog contents• Private to class• Individual blog• 400 word (approx) on 4 prescribed dates about 2 months into most placements• Instructions:  describe  reflect  relate  comment and respond
    15. 15. Use of Webcourses to host blog
    16. 16. • Tutor feedback after first post  encouraging description, reflection, and relating experiences to theory  not on the student’s performance in the workplace as described by the blog  All students could see all tutor comments  First post not included in mark• Peer feedback
    17. 17. Evaluation• N=33• Four point Likert rating scale [Strongly agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly disagree]
    18. 18. Results: Using the software Agree Disagree 95 92 59 41 5 8 Using the I was given sufficient My classmates Webcourses blog training to be able to helped me to use the software was easy to use the software software use
    19. 19. Results: Feelings towards blogposting Agree Disagree 97 76 78 59 41 24 22 3Enjoyed writing Anxious (peer Anxious Comfortable blog first blog) (lecturer first posting by the blog) end
    20. 20. Results: Feedback to improveblog Agree Disagree 97 80 69 64 36 31 20 3 Lecturer Lecturer Peer comments Reading peerfeedback on feedback on on my blog blogs own blog peer blogs
    21. 21. Results: Community of Practice Agree Disagree 100 84 74 26 16 0 Blog is useful for Felt connected to Read the blogs of sharing experiences class students outside of while on placement group
    22. 22. Results: Learning andPerformance Agree Disagree 88 68 63 37 32 12 learned a lot from Performance Performance other students improved through inproved through self- experiences through reading the blog reflection the blog
    23. 23. Preliminary Blog Statistics Number of Total number Instructor Average Most active Least active student of blog posts comments number of group group participants comments per (comments/ (comments/ student students) student) 37 704 37 19 29 7
    24. 24. Comment quality• Perception that comments less important than blogs• Some were trivial and lacking empathy or reflection• A rubric and more training and discussion required
    25. 25. Conclusion• Blogs are very successful for fostering a Community of Practice for students on Work placement• Mature students don’t have difficulty with this technology• Students believed blogs should be retained for assessment of placement
    26. 26. More to do...• More training so students develop and appreciate the power of reflection for learning and professional development• A tailored rubric (highlighting commenting) for instruction and assessment
    27. 27. Acknowledgements• DIT LTTC PD Dip team Fionnughla Kelly• DIT E-Learning Summer School Taking the pain and fear out of technology for education• Dr. Barry Ryan (@cbs_lecturer)  (Fellowship partner and L&T soundboard)
    28. 28. Link to Webcourses• https://dit.blackboard.com/webct/urw/lc5122011 .tp0/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct

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