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A blended approach to learning: added value and lessons learnt from students’ use of computer-based materials for neurological analysis

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This paper examines BSc Physiotherapy students’ experiences of developing their neurological observational and analytical skills using a blend of traditional classroom activities and computer-based materials at the University of Birmingham. New teaching and learning resources were developed and supported in the School of Health Sciences using Web Course Tools combined with a wide range of video clips of patients with neurological disorders on CD-ROM. These resources provided students with the opportunity to observe “real patients” prior to clinical placements, thus bridging the gap between their theoretical understanding of these disorders and their practical experience of evaluating abnormal movement in the clinical setting. This paper considers how this blended approach to learning enhanced students’ experiences of developing their neurological skills and of preparing for their clinical placements. This paper also discusses the lessons that have been gained from students’ experiences to provide future or similar projects with the opportunity to learn from these experiences.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00506.x

Affiliations: School of Health Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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