The development and evaluation of online stories to enhance clinical learning experiences across health professions in rural Australia

Penny Susan Paliadelis, Ieva Stupans, Vicki Parker, Donella Piper, Pauline Gillan, Jackie Lea, Helen Mary Jarrott, Rhonda Wilson, Judith N. Hudson, Anthea Fagan

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Clinical placement learning experiences are integral to all health and medical curricula as a means of integrating theory into practice and preparing graduates to deliver safe, high-quality care to health consumers. A growing challenge for education providers is to access sufficient clinical placements with experienced supervisors who are skilled at maximising learning opportunities for students. This paper reports on the development and evaluation of an innovative online learning program aimed at enhancing student and clinical supervisors' preparedness for effective workplace-based learning. The evidence-based learning program used 'story-telling' as the learning framework. The stories, which were supported by a range of resources, aimed to engage the learners in understanding student and supervisor responsibilities, as well as the expectations and competencies needed to support effective learning in the clinical environment. Evaluation of this program by the learners and stakeholders clearly indicated that they felt authentically 'connected' with the characters in the stories and developed insights that suggested effective learning had occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-403
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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