Biomechanics for first year occupational therapy students: Enriching learning using an E-learning resource

Elsje Magdalena Rudman

Abstract


ABSTRACT

Teaching and learning requirements of students are constantly changing due to technological development.  Teaching methods should keep abreast of technology to continue stimulating learning.  E-learning in occupational therapy is developing but is still largely an unexplored field in South Africa.

Method: A cross-sectional non-experimental descriptive design with a pre-test-intervention-post-test, repeated measure timeline method was used to determine change in achievement followed by a survey to determine the experience of the use of an e-learning resource.  A convenience sample group of 81 first year occupational therapy students in 2010 and 2011 participated in the study.

Findings: A significant positive change in the performance and compliance of the tool to learning needs of the participants was identified.  Experience was found to be positive. 

Conclusion: The e-learning tool had a significant effect on learning although some resistance to e-learning was still identified but the majority experienced it as positive.

Key words: electronic media-based learning (e-learning); achievement; occupational therapy students; experience of e-learning.


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