University of Oulu

Männistö, M., Mikkonen, K., Vuopala, E., Kuivila, H.-M., Virtanen, M., Kyngäs, H., & Kääriäinen, M. (2019). Effects of a digital educational intervention on collaborative learning in nursing education: A quasi-experimental study. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 39(4), 191–200.

Effects of a digital educational intervention on collaborative learning in nursing education : a quasi-experimental study

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Author: Männistö, Merja1,2; Mikkonen, Kristina1; Vuopala, Essi3;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Finland
2Health Care and Nursing, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland
3Research Unit for Learning and Educational Technology, University of Oulu, Finland
4Health Care Diagnostic Services and Service Management, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
5Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Finland
6The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care: A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence, Helsinki
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-11-07


Collaborative digital learning is becoming increasingly popular in higher education. However, the use of collaborative digital learning does risk placing too big a responsibility on the learner and reducing face-to-face interaction with the educator. The aim of this quasi-experimental study was to evaluate the effects of a digital educational intervention on collaborative learning in nursing education. The intervention group (n = 87) studied using a collaborative digital learning environment and the control group (n = 38) studied in the traditional classroom setting. There were no significant differences between the groups in terms of student satisfaction. However, the students’ satisfaction of studying decreased in the intervention group after completion of the course. In the intervention group students had higher satisfaction in the area of promoting collaborative group work and received statistically significant higher grades in the final course evaluation. This study emphasizes that collaborative digital learning can be an effective approach in nursing education in terms of learning outcomes. It also shows that more study is needed on the role of the teacher in collaborative digital nursing education.

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Series: Nordic journal of nursing research
ISSN: 2057-1585
ISSN-E: 2057-1593
ISSN-L: 2057-1585
Volume: 39
Issue: 4
Pages: 191 - 200
DOI: 10.1177/2057158519861041
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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