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Can breastfeeding support be taught online? An evaluation of a training package for student health visitors / Louise Condon; Joy Murray; Simon Messer

Journal of Health Visiting, Volume: 3, Issue: 2, Pages: 100 - 106

Swansea University Author: Condon, Louise

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DOI (Published version): 10.12968/johv.2015.3.2.100

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AbstractThis paper presents an evaluation of an online learning package which was developed to support student health visitors’ learning about health promotion in infant feeding and how best to support parents in the community. Increasingly online learning is used in combination with traditional cla...

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Published in: Journal of Health Visiting
Published: 2015
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa20566
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Abstract: AbstractThis paper presents an evaluation of an online learning package which was developed to support student health visitors’ learning about health promotion in infant feeding and how best to support parents in the community. Increasingly online learning is used in combination with traditional classroom based teaching and experience in practice within nursing education. In order to meet the needs of students who live across the South West region, innovative ways have been developed at the University of the West of England, Bristol, to deliver high quality, evidence based education. Study participants (n= 66) were enrolled on a specialist community public health nursing course and were part of a cohort which studied at two geographically distant venues in the South West of England. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using an online survey. Findings were that students had the skills and ability to use the online programme, and enjoyed working at home at a self-directed time and pace. Expectations of online learning packages are high in terms of professional presentation and technological quality. While students accepted the concept of online learning, some considered that this was not an appropriate method to deliver training about breastfeeding. This evaluation suggests that the majority of students accept online learning as part of a blended learning package, even for practice-based subjects such as breastfeeding promotion and support.
Keywords: Health visiting › Breastfeeding › Nursing › Health promotion Infant feeding › Online learning › Training
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 2
Start Page: 100
End Page: 106