Digital Education with IT: How to create Motivational and Inclusive Education in Blended Learning Environments using Flipped Learning: A Study in Nurse Education

Lukassen Niels Bech, Annette Pedersen, Annegrethe Nielsen, Christian Wahl, Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen

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The purpose of this paper is to examine how collaborative IT‐design 
integrated in pedagogic designs can create motivation and transfer from an edu‐
cational setting into the student’s clinical education. Learning design for higher 
education can be challenging, especially in subjects with great quantities of theo‐
retical material and where students have difficulties in linking theory with prac‐
tice. This paper reports a case study in the nurse bachelor education, in which the
subject studied is “Organization, administration and management”. Former eval‐
uations indicate great student dissatisfaction. The ways of teaching in this subject 
was  dominated  by  lectures from  one teacher  and  oral student  presentations. 
Many students felt excluded and frustrated after class and could not relate the 
subject content to the hospital context. In this design we carry out experiments 
with  Flipped  Learning  integrating Otto  Scharmer’s  Theory U  as  a motivational 
pedagogical model to ensure quality and a meta perspective in linking theory into 
internship. The research design is inspired by action science research experiment
and is ontologically embedded with practice as it employs participatory observa‐
tion, focus group interviews as instruments to collect data. The learning experi‐
ment is based on blended learning theory and explores ways of creating motiva‐
tional learning designs to enhance transfer. In a blended learning environment 
the teacher must create a community of inquiry and consider factors such as so‐
cial, teaching and cognitive presence. This paper is an account of an investigation 
into how online activities combined with the principles of Flipped Learning can 
create and enhance motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th European Conference on e-Learning
EditorsRikke Ørngreen, Karin Tweddell Levinsen
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publication date30 Oct 2014
ISBN (Print)978-1-910309-67-4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2014
Event13th European Conference on e-Learning - Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 30 Oct 201431 Oct 2014
Conference number: 13


Conference13th European Conference on e-Learning
LocationAalborg University, Copenhagen

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