Examining the Use of Web-Based Reusable Learning Objects by Animal and Veterinary Nursing Students

Chapman-Waterhouse, E and Silva-Fletcher, A T and Whittlestone, K D (2016) Examining the Use of Web-Based Reusable Learning Objects by Animal and Veterinary Nursing Students. International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT), 11 (3).

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Abstract

This intervention study examined the interaction of animal- and veterinary nursing students with reusable learning objects (RLO) in the context of preparing for summative assessment. Data was collected from 199 undergraduates using quantitative and qualitative methods. Students accessed RLO via personal devices in order to reinforce taught sessions. Interviewees reported that the RLO helped them meet the requirements of the curriculum. Quantitative data supported two valid points; the lack of engagement of students when given a free-choice and reluctance for self-assessment. The practical significance of the qualitative outcomes lies with how first year undergraduates on animal and veterinary nursing-related courses use RLO designed to address equine management and health topics, where the students have mixed equine experience.