Online problem-based conferencing: Successes and challenges

Joy Penman, Jan Cook

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This paper discusses an initiative in which a form of online problem-based conferencing was employed with a group of off-campus students studying a science course in an undergraduate nursing program. The focus is on the impressions of a student (the second author) and a lecturer (the first author) on the approach as a group process, suggesting improvements for problem-based learning that is technology-driven to work more effectively for students. Mezirow’s critical reflection in adult learning was used to evaluate the initiative. Findings revealed an overall satisfaction with the new approach in teaching some aspects of the clinical science course. Online problem-based conferencing provided ample opportunities for knowledge and skill acquisition
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDEANZ 2010 Quality Connections - Boundless Possibilities
Subtitle of host publicationThrough Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
PublisherDistance Education Association of New Zealand (Inc.)
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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