Using Scientific Educational Technology to Prepare Professional Competence: The Evaluation of Case Management e-Learning Program

Monday, 30 July 2012

Wen-I Liu, PhD
School of Nursing, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taiepi, Taiwan
Kuo-Chung Chu, PhD
Department of Information Management, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan
Shing-Chia Chen, PhD
Department of Nursing, National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to learn the case management e-learning program.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to understand the effectiveness of the e-learning program, which is cost-effective, alternative learning strategy.

Purpose: Since there were only a few case management education programs to shorten the gap between the education and practice, this study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the case management e-learning program for professional nurses.

Methods: This study used the two group pretest-posttest randomized experiment design and the research nurse participants are volunteers. The experimental group participants received the case management e-learning program while the control group did not. The researchers used structured questionnaires to collect data, which was done before the experiment and two weeks after the experiment. The outcome included case management knowledge, confidence level of case management skills and preparedness for case management practice. A two-way repeated measures analysis of variance was conducted to evaluate the effect of the intervention on target outcomes. The default significance level is at .05. This study has produced a16-hour case management e-learning program according to the analysis, design, development, and implementation and evaluation process. The digital program consists of five learning modules: self-assessment questions, a case study, experience sharing and learning resources.

Results: A total of 40 nurses have participated in this study and fully completed the questionnaires before and after the test. The majorities are women (90%), mean age 33.4 years, bachelor’s degree (62.5%), master’s degree (20%), average experience of nursing 11.3 years and 73% no case management program training. The basic variables and effectiveness of the pre-test variables of the two groups do not have significant differences. After the control of the pre-test differences, the case management knowledge, confidence level of case management skills and preparedness for case management role activities in the experimental group is significantly different over time and higher than control group. 

Conclusion:  The results support the use of scientific educational technology to provide more flexible and cost-effective alternative way of continuing education programs.