Can e-Antenatal Course provide a viable alternative to traditional Classroom delivered antenatal courses?

Igbrude, Claudia (2006) Can e-Antenatal Course provide a viable alternative to traditional Classroom delivered antenatal courses? Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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"Delivery was less distressing in those who attended antenatal classes" (Salmon P, Drew NC, 1992) This single sentence summarizes the reasons for attending antenatal classes. Some might argue that there is little evidence to associate attendance at antenatal classes with a reduction in psychological distress or increased satisfaction with the experience of labour (Fabian H.M; Ingela J; Radestad; Waldenstrom, 2005), but, in preliminary investigations carried out in the course of this research, it was observed that failure to implement knowledge from antenatal classes was often due to the fact the knowledge was never actually acquired because of non-attendance or pre-occupation of learners while in attendance.

There was also a significant amount of dissatisfaction with the content of antenatal courses, and the time available for the classes. (Spilby, Slade, Escott, Henderson & Fraser, 2003).
Antenatal courses in Ireland are designed and delivered by midwives in classes which are
1. In hospitals, clinics for one day a week in a six to eight week period, and/or
2. In hotel conference rooms for a block of one full day or one weekend of intensive lectures.

Preliminary research showed that these options did not cater to:
1) People who could not attend or commit to weekly classes (reasons were varied from social, health, location, etc)
2) People who couldn't attend classes at the weekend due to personal constraints.

Additionally, learners were often too embarrassed in traditional classes to participate fully, preoccupied with other issues such as work commitments, or were overwhelmed with the information in the more intensive classes. The result of their learning needs not being met was a reduced level of preparedness for the event of childbirth.

The purpose of this research is to investigate the viability of antenatal courses delivered by e-learning being used as a solution to the issues raised above.

This project's objective was to develop, implement a solution in the form of an e-Antenatal course and evaluate and thus determine if e-learning could improve and expand the delivery of antenatal courses in Ireland.

A well structured e-Antenatal course was developed employing skills acquired from diverse areas such as instructional design, interaction design, project management, developmental platforms, multimedia, and programming.

This course was then distributed to a population of the target audience. The sample population used in the study were volunteers drawn from internet forums. Information and data regarding its efficacy in use was gathered using interviews and questionnaires, results from these were analysed, and conclusions drawn.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > Antenatal Care
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Computing in Science in eLearning
Depositing User: Aisling Gorby
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 09:53
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 15:44

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