Virtual learning environment (‘Ivy Street’) for palliative medicine education: student and facilitator evaluation

Clabburn, O, Groves, K.E and Jack, B (2020) 'Virtual learning environment (‘Ivy Street’) for palliative medicine education: student and facilitator evaluation.' BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 10 (3). pp. 318-323. ISSN 2045-435X

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002159

Abstract

Aim:- The study aimed to evaluate student and facilitator perceptions regarding the novel use of a virtual learning environment (VLE) in the development and implementation of ‘Ivy Street’. Sample/methods:- Healthcare professionals enrolled on the first palliative and end-of-life care masters level module and course facilitators were invited to participate in the study. Two online surveys were developed comprising five open-ended questions to gain both student (n=16) and facilitator (n=4) perceptions of Ivy Street. Data were analysed thematically. Findings:- The key theme to emerge was the ‘Positive Perceptions of Ivy Street’. A second sub theme ‘Critical Feedback of Ivy Street’ focused on some initial technical issues. Respondents perceived the use of Ivy Street to be enjoyable, enabling and promoting peer discussion, while also having a high impact on student engagement. Respondents commented how Ivy Street removed concerns regarding confidentiality when discussing patient cases through utilisation of standardised Ivy Street characters. Conclusion:- The novel use of a VLE through developing characters, a story and vignettes is considered to be an effective and engaging method of learning for healthcare professionals enrolled on a palliative and end-of-life care module.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002159
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 17:37
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