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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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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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