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Studying health information from a distance: refining an e-learning case study in the crucible of student evaluation

Booth, A., Levy, P., Bath, P.A., Lacey, T., Sanderson, M. and Diercks-O'Brien, G. (2005) Studying health information from a distance: refining an e-learning case study in the crucible of student evaluation. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 22 (s2). 8-19. ISSN 1471-1842

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Purpose: To present a formative evaluation of the impact of a multimedia case study as a component of a masters course in health informatics delivered by distance learning.

Setting/Participants/Resources: First and second year health informatics students undertaking four core modules of a masters programme at the University of Sheffield.

Methodology: Individual qualitative user surveys and interviews.

Results/Outcomes: Formative evaluation has played a significant role in refining the case study through its text-based, intermediate and CD-ROM based stages. Feedback from students has resulted in clarification of case study tasks, clearer definition of teaching roles and a revised approach to assessment. At the same time it has highlighted the importance of ongoing revision and maintenance in keeping the scenarios realistic and current.

Discussion/Conclusion: The multimedia case study has met many of its original aims in providing greater cohesion for core modules and encouraging greater levels of interaction and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2008 17:22
Last Modified: 13 May 2009 18:25
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-3327.2005.00610.x
Status: Published
Publisher: John Wiley
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1470-3327.2005.00610.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4514

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