Supporting allied health clinical education with a digital repository for professional development – ClinEdAus

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski1, Mrs Michaela  Smyth1, Dr  Belinda Gavaghan2, Mrs  Megan Harbourne2, Ms Liza-Jane  McBride2

1Griffith Health, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, 2Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland, Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health , Brisbane, Australia

Quality student supervision is essential for a competent, future allied health work force.  ClinEdAus aims to support allied health student supervisors by providing open access, evidence-based high-quality contemporary resources at no user cost and has attracted 24,000 users annually from various allied health professions in Australia and internationally.

A 3-year longitudinal partially mixed, equal status action research methodology was used to evaluate ClinEdAus and the user experience.  Data were collected from website and functionality reviews (n=4), stakeholder networks, and website analytics. A member survey was deployed at two time points to identify priority areas for review and evaluate changes in ClinEdAus’ usability over time.

In response to user feedback, the website layout has been contemporised, and identified priority areas have been developed. ClinEdAus’ functionality has increased from 59 to 98 percent. Users have increased engagement with ClinEdAus, as more pages are visited for longer durations (00:01:24 to 00:02:06). On average, one in four users have used the content to assist in student supervision and 77% have recommended ClinEdAus to others.

This project demonstrates ClinEdAus is an innovative repository that supports the professional development of student supervisors.  Adopting a pragmatic paradigm mixed methods approach allows ClinEdAus to be responsive to the learning needs of its user group.  Further action research is required to meet user need for interactivity and relevant content. National promotion will ensure that ClinEdAus continues to be a useful adjunct to student supervision in Australia.


Biography:

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski is a registered physiotherapist and academic leader. She is currently the Director – Micro-credentialing and Professional Development in Griffith Health where she leads the development and implementation of health-related micro-credentials. Andrea has substantial expertise in learning and teaching, which is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative learning and teaching solutions in areas such as micro-credentials and professional development, online and interprofessional learning, and simulated and work-integrated learning, in the field of Health. She is the founder of the ClinEdAus website; a national repository of high-quality resources to support allied health student supervisors.

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