Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able discuss how digital technologies are impacting students learning.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to explore instructional strategies that promote learner engagement.
A review of the state of the science with regards to teaching strategies and the integration of technology in the classroom suggests that knowing how students learn and using a combination of teaching strategies can promote critical thinking, encourage clinical reasoning, and engage students in the learning process. Based on the empirical evidence an active teaching active learning format was developed for a pediatric course to enhance students learning and keep them engaged in the classroom.
To determine students performance when involved in the learning process test results from two different groups of students were compared. One group received 15% of the course content as active learning exercises. These exercises comprised of peer reviewed case studies, one-minute papers, computer generated concept maps and a group wiki development. The other group of students received the same information in lecture format. A comprehensive pediatric examination given at the end of the course by an independent testing company was utilized to compare group performance. Results from the exam show that both group performed the same.
Using active teaching strategies including the use of digital technologies will not only help nurse educators in meeting the learning needs of todays digital learners but covering much needed content without affecting students performance.
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