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.
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.
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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
Work placement blogs to harnessdiverse learning experiences and foster a community of practice Dr. Julie Dunne DIT College of Science
So many missed opportunitiesfor learning• Sharing experiences‘Assessment for learning, not of learning’• Ongoing reflection, to turn experiences in learning
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
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
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 placements• Instructions: describe reflect relate comment and respond
• 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
Evaluation• N=33• Four point Likert rating scale [Strongly agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly disagree]
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Link to Webcourses• https://dit.blackboard.com/webct/urw/lc5122011 .tp0/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct