The use of a WebQuest to support undergraduate nurses

DROZD, M and Odonoghue, John (2007) The use of a WebQuest to support undergraduate nurses. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 2 (3). pp. 63-67. ISSN 1557-3087

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This study considered the implementation and evaluation of a simple technology-supported learning (TSL) solution to support independent learning for undergraduate nurses. Initially, a review of the literature pertaining to TSL, particularly the integration in the form of a WebQuest for undergraduate nurses, was undertaken. Based on this, a WebQuest was designed, implemented, and evaluated. To evaluate it from the students' perspective, we formulated and distributed a questionnaire to a cohort of 11 students. From the analysis, it was deduced that the students who completed the WebQuest were positive about using it. Positive comments included “enjoyed the flexibility” and “good way of working.” Overall, the WebQuest provided a different way of learning for students. The “blended” approach enabled key concepts to be explored and reinforced using alternative, perhaps less didactic delivery methods. Blended learning is currently promoted to provide more flexible learning opportunities in the context of widening participation (Department for Education and Skills, 2004). However, the integration of more explicit links with previous and subsequent activities in the module is needed to ensure alignment with learning outcomes. The sample of students was limited in this pilot study. The project enabled staff to consider a low-level technological intervention as an enhancement to student and learner engagement.

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