CELT: a computerised evaluative learning tool for continuing professional development

Diane R Kelly, Linda Mackay

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Abstract

Objectives To evaluate a computerised, evaluative learning tool (CELT) designed to encourage self-directed learning and help users make changes in practice following learning. The study aimed to evaluate how CELT was used and to ascertain user perceptions of the program.

Design Qualitative analysis of interviews and quantitative analysis of entries made using the software.

Setting and subjects West of Scotland region, comprising six Health Board areas with a total of 2176 general practitioners (GPs), 39 of whom took part in the study.

Results Of the 39 GPs who started on the project, 34 used CELT. Of these 34, 28 GPs sent in files and six did not. Of the 28 GPs who sent in files, 25 entered data and 76% (22 ⁄ 29) considered the program easy to use. The program was used 7 days a week during the day and night. It raised participants’ awareness of the educational value of everyday experiences and led to increased thought about learning. In 41% (45 ⁄ 111) of entries there was evidence that some action had been initiated by users as a result of learning.

Conclusions CELT was designed to encourage selfdirected learning and help users make changes in practice following learning. The study has shown that it can be used to deliver individual continuing professional
development. It encourages a disciplined approach to learning, promotes thought about learning needs and increases the ability of GPs to learn from everyday experiences. In some instances, users were able to apply what had been learned.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-367
Number of pages10
JournalMedical Education
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Education
  • Medical
  • Continuing ⁄ *methods; *learning
  • Computer software ⁄ standards
  • Students

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