eLearning techniques supporting problem based learning in clinical simulation

Charles Docherty, Derek Hoy, Helena Topp, Kathryn Trinder

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This paper details the results of the first phase of a project using eLearning to support students' learning within a simulated environment. The locus was a purpose built clinical simulation laboratory (CSL) where the School's philosophy of problem based learning (PBL) was challenged through lecturers using traditional teaching methods. The solution: a student-centred, problem based approach to the acquisition of clinical skills that used high quality learning objects embedded within web pages, substituting for lecturers providing instruction and demonstration. This encouraged student nurses to explore, analyse and make decisions within the safety of a clinical simulation. Learning was facilitated through network communications and reflection on video performances of self and others. Evaluations were positive, students demonstrating increased satisfaction with PBL, improved performance in exams, and increased self-efficacy in the performance of nursing activities. These results indicate that eLearning techniques can help students acquire clinical skills in the safety of a simulated environment within the context of a problem based learning curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-533
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical simulation
  • Problem based learning
  • eLearning


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