The effect of e-learning on student placement in the community

Reynolds, Stephanie; Fell, Patricia
June 2011
Primary Health Care;Jun2011, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p28
Academic Journal
Mentoring students on community placements is an intensive process as they spend the entire placement shadowing their mentor. This article reflects the experiences of one community trust in designing and implementing an e-learning educational package for the community clinical placement in partnership with a local university. The project aimed to maximise learning opportunities by providing a more flexible approach to placement learning, enabling students to access online resources and learning activities independently or with their mentor, and to provide a resource for mentors. The article examines whether blended e-learning - a mix of online and one-to-one placement mentorship - can improve students' ability to learn independently and bridge the communication gap for mentors, while freeing up time for mentors to carry out documentation and data entry. It will also consider if blended e-learning offers a practical solution to shortages in placement capacity. INSET: Learning in practice.


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