E-learning Based Occupational Therapy Education Leads to Engaged Students

Maria Bensen, Ditte Kolbæk

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Resumé

In Denmark there is a politically focus on educating people in the rural areas and educational institutions are therefore aiming to reach potential students across the country. One way to do this is by providing e-learning. A literature review has shown, that there is limited knowledge about students engagement in e-learning based professional bachelor educations such as Occupational Therapy (OT).

Research questions
The research questions in this paper is: On the basis of the OT-students experiences, how can learning activities be supported in a synchronous, virtual learning environment as Adobe Connect? How do the Occupational Therapy e-learning students experience their engagement in learning activities in Adobe Connect?

Findings
Students find that the sense of belonging to both their fellow students and the education is crucial to their engagement in activities in Adobe Connect. It is also important, that their fellow students are engaged and participate, which require a lot of self-discipline. The engagement and self-discipline is distinctive for the e-learning students and these capacities are necessary. Furthermore there is a big difference between the students experiences across semesters, which implies a need for a distinct approach to e-learning.

Design
This paper presents the findings from interviews and modified memory-work. The interviews were traditional, semistructured with few students from different semesters regarding the students own experiences of being an e-learning student in an OT-education. On the basis of the interviews, a modified memory-work was conducted on two students from another semester, writing down a memory from an activity in Adobe Connect.

Value
This paper is the first to investigate the lessons learnt from the e-learning students in OT-education in Denmark. Providers of similar educations can use the results of this study to form the design of e-learning/blended learning in their programme in order to enhance students’ engagement. It also includes a modified, phenomenological way of using memory-work.

Why is this interesting?
This paper is unique in its use of Adobe Connect in a practical education as Occupational Therapy and in the use of memory-work as a phenomenological approach. Furthermore the findings are interesting, as the students experience how a meaningful and helpful online learning-environment is based on self-regulated engagement.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 16th European Conference on e-Learning : ECEL 2017
RedaktørerAnabela Mesquita, Paula Peres
Antal sider1
ForlagAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publikationsdato2017
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-911218-60-9
StatusUdgivet - 2017
BegivenhedEuropean conference on e-learning 2017 - the Polytechnic Institute of Porto., Porto, Portugal
Varighed: 26 okt. 201727 okt. 2017

Konference

KonferenceEuropean conference on e-learning 2017
Lokationthe Polytechnic Institute of Porto.
LandPortugal
ByPorto
Periode26/10/201727/10/2017

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    Bensen, M., & Kolbæk, D. (2017). E-learning Based Occupational Therapy Education Leads to Engaged Students. I A. Mesquita, & P. Peres (red.), Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on e-Learning: ECEL 2017 Academic Conferences and Publishing International.
    Bensen, Maria ; Kolbæk, Ditte. / E-learning Based Occupational Therapy Education Leads to Engaged Students. Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on e-Learning: ECEL 2017. red. / Anabela Mesquita ; Paula Peres. Academic Conferences and Publishing International, 2017.
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