Making learning fun to increase nursing students’ success

Formative feedback in communication learning

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Background Communication skills are taught in most Bachelor of Nursing programs; however, student performance is often not monitored or tested until the final exam. Audience Response System (ARS) technology enables the collection of feedback from students during lectures to improve their quality of learning. Aims We assessed the efficacy of ARS technology in promoting the understanding of communication skills among nursing students. Methods Questions were integrated into 14 lectures using the ARS platform Learning Catalytics (LC; Pearson UK, London, UK). Students answered the questions using their own web-enabled mobile devices. One hundred and twenty second-year nursing students participated in this study. Their answers were pooled and prompt formative feedback was provided in the classroom. A questionnaire was distributedto evaluate their perceptions of ARS use. Results All students reported that they enjoyed ARS use: 92 per cent stated that it helped to identify their learning needs and 87 per cent agreed that it promoted the integration of key concepts. The most common theme within the feedback was that of identifying their own learning needs. Repeated questioning produced a significant increase (p<0.05) in students’ knowledge of specific concepts. Conclusion The use of ARS technology to provide prompt feedback promoted teaching and learning among undergraduate nursing students. ARS use enabled the identification of individual learning needs and aided revision before summative exams. It also improved students’ confidence and understanding of key concepts. Moreover, students of different educational levels and learning styles were identified, tracked and given support through the use of ARS technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1021
Number of pages8
JournalAustralasian Medical Journal
Volume10
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Audience response systems
  • E-learning
  • Feedback
  • Formative assessment
  • Higher education
  • Nursing

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Making learning fun to increase nursing students’ success : Formative feedback in communication learning. / Ismaile, Samantha; Alhosban, Fuad; Hawamdeh, Sana.

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