Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11576
Title: How do we connect and engage students, learning in a distance mode, to develop verbal communication skills?
Contributor(s): Stupans, Ieva  (author); Orwin, Lindy (author)
Publication Date: 2012
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11576
Abstract: Research has indicated that students perform at least as well in distance courses as in face-to-face courses across a number of measures including critical thinking, sharing of personal perspective, and task-focused interaction. To date, there has been little published comparison of student outcomes in distance and on campus courses across verbal interaction skills. This paper reports on two approaches being utilized in a unique Australian undergraduate pharmacy program to connect and engage students learning in a distance mode, successfully providing opportunities for developing verbal communication, including patient and caregiver counselling. The need to scaffold counselling skill development through role plays, scenarios, oral presentations and case studies has been previously been identified, and in an on campus cohort can occur through face to face interaction. The approaches described, and preliminarily evaluated, in this paper are the use of synchronous web-conferencing software and virtual scenarios in virtual worlds.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: HERDSA 2012: 35th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference, Hobart, Australia, 2nd - 5th July, 2012
Conference Details: HERDSA 2012: 35th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference, Hobart, Australia, 2nd - 5th July, 2012
Source of Publication: Research and Development in Higher Education: Connections in Higher Education. Refereed papers from the 35th HERDSA Annual International Conference, p. 291-297
Publisher: HERDSA: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Place of Publication: Milperra, Australia
ISSN: 1441-001X
Field of Research (FOR): 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.herdsa.org.au/research-and-development-higher-education-vol-35
http://www.herdsa.org.au/publications/conference-proceedings/research-and-development-higher-education-connections-higher-27
Series Name: Research and Development in Higher Education
Series Number : 35
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