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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


RUDMAN, Elsje Magdalena Petronella. Biomechanics for first year occupational therapy students: enriching learning using an E-learning resource. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2017, vol.47, n.1, pp.36-40. ISSN 2310-3833.

INTRODUCTION: The educational requirements of students are constantly changing due to technological development. Technology can stimulate and enrich learning but ensuring that teaching methods remain relevant is a challenge. Hybrid learning, including e-learning, in occupational therapy is developing but remains a largely unexplored field in South Africa. METHOD: Changes in achievement associated with the use of an e-learning resource developed for biomechanics was determined. Outcomes were measured using a quasi-experimental design with a pre-test-intervention-post-test repeated measure timeline method. Students' experiences associated with using this e-learning resource were determined by a survey questionnaire. A convenience sample group of N=8I first year occupational therapy students in 2010 and 2011 was obtained. FINDINGS: A positive change in achievement were identified especially at the lower levels of Bloom s taxonomy. The use of the e-learning resource was found to be a positive learning experience. CONCLUSION: The e-learning tool had a significant effect on learning and the majority of participants experienced it as positive.

Keywords : electronic media-based learning [e-learning]; performance; occupational therapy students; hybrid learning.

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