Development of an electronic role-play assessment initiative in bioscience for nursing students

Craft, Judy & Ainscough, Louise (2015) Development of an electronic role-play assessment initiative in bioscience for nursing students. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 52(2), pp. 172-184.

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Devising authentic assessments for subjects with large enrolments is a challenge. This study describes an electronic role-play assessment for approximately 600 first-year nursing students to learn and apply pathophysiology (bioscience) concepts to nursing practice. Students used Microsoft Office PowerPoint® to prepare electronic role-plays both between a nurse and patient, and between two nurses, thus simulating workplace scenarios. Student feedback demonstrated that respondents found this assessment useful for learning pathophysiology, and for applying pathophysiology to a nursing clinical setting. This electronic presentation circumvented issues associated with a traditional oral presentation such as embarrassment and logistics of scheduling groups, and rated well with students of non-English speaking background. The electronic role-play assessment initiative encouraged students to apply their bioscience knowledge to a clinical setting, and allowed students to conceptualise the importance of bioscience within both the nursing degree and the profession.

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ID Code: 77846
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: authentic assessment; bioscience; nursing; learning; non-English speaking background, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2014.931241
ISSN: 1470-3300
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 26 June 2014,
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2014 22:46
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2015 00:14

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