Exploring the activities and outcomes of digital teaching and learning of practical skills in higher education for the social and health care professions: a scoping review

Anne Söderlund (Coresponding Author), Aurelija Blazeviciene, Maria Elvén, Alina Vaskelyte, Raimonds Strods, Inguna Blese, Heikki Paakkonen, Antonio Fernandes, Daniela Cardoso, Sultan Kav, Cigdem Baskici, Camilla Wiktsröm-Grotell

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Abstract

Higher education for health care professionals faces numerous challenges. It is important to develop and apply methods supporting education, especially the practical skills. This scoping review aimed to explore the activities and learning outcomes of digital technology in practical skills teaching and learning in higher education for the social and health professions. Scoping review recommendations and the PRISMA-ScR checklist were applied. Randomized controlled trials published between 2016 and 2021 involving students in higher education who were taking courses in the social sciences and health care and reported interventions with digital technology activities and practices in practical teaching and learning were included. The CINAHL Plus, PubMed, Scopus, ERIC, and Sociological Abstracts/Social Services Abstracts databases were searched. Teaching methods were blended, e-learning or other online-based, and digital simulation-based activities. Teaching and learning environments, methods, resources, and activity characteristics varied, making a summary difficult. Interventions were developed in a face-to-face format prior to digitalization. The outcomes were measured at the knowledge level, not at the performance level. One-third of the studies showed a significant improvement in practical skills in the intervention group in comparison to the control conditions. The use of digital technology in the learning and teaching process have potential to develop of students' skills, knowledge, motivation, and attitudes. The pedagogy of technology use is decisive. The development of new digital methods for teaching and learning practical skills requires the engagement of students and teachers, in addition the researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalDiscover Education
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2023

Keywords*

  • Digital teaching
  • Digital learning
  • Digital simulation
  • Practical skills
  • Health profession
  • Higher education

Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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