Neurology

December 2011

Research

An online course in clinical education

Experiences of Australian clinicians

Volume 40, No.12, December 2011 Pages 1000-1003

Susan M Wearne

Jennene Greenhill

Carolyn Berryman

Linda Sweet

Lori Tietz

Objective/s

We aimed to understand clinicians’ experience of online training in the area of clinical education.

Methods

We conducted semistructured in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of 20 clinicians studying clinical education online. Interviews were transcribed verbatim into N-Vivo qualitative analysis software. Data were analysed against a template derived from open coding merged with a priori themes from a program logic model.

Results

Clinicians in this study found learning online convenient but there was a trade off between this convenience and developing an authentic online community of learners. Optional intensives were important for developing relationships with staff and other students. Clinicians faced significant time pressures when adding study to their busy workloads and lives. Protected study time, assistance with course fees, information technology support, facilitated discussion and a flexible approach to assignment submission dates were cited as useful.

Conclusion

Clinicians can develop as educators online if given appropriate time and support.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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