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Once again, our friends at GW Medical Publishing have picked out a title for one lucky FHO reader to receive. As with the previous giveaways, all you need to do to enter the giveaway is answer a simple question in the comment section of this post. Readers have until Friday, January 29th, noon ET to respond. I will choose a winner via random number generator and post the winner’s name here on the site on Monday, February 1st. Click through for a message from GW Medical about the details of this month’s giveaway:

Once again, we at G.W. Medical Publishing/STM Learning, Inc. were elated with the overwhelming number of helpful responses last month’s question garnered. We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to all who participated in the Child Abuse Quick Reference, 2nd Edition giveaway.

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Which learning format do forensic nurses, clinicians, and other professionals find the most useful when continuing their education: (1) classroom study administered by an instructor, (2) self-study using a structured curriculum, or (3) a combination of the two in which the curriculum is the basis for both self-study and in-class lectures.

The purpose of this question is to determine the level of interest in the third option. G.W. Medical Publishing/STM Learning, Inc. plans to expand its offerings to include lecture-style training based on its existing texts and curricula, such as Physical Abuse & Neglect: A Training Curriculum. In addition to answers to the question, constructive feedback and suggestions are certainly welcome and enthusiastically encouraged.

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While I see the pros and cons of both sides, I prefer the self-study method, as long as it is well structured with references.

I like classroom study administered by an instructor as it is easier to ask questions and clarify immediately.

I prefer option #3 the combination of self study. Although I feel there is no substitution for the give and take with an instructor and collegues, it can be very difficult to make room in my schedule. That is when the convenience of self study – provided my teenages allow me on the computer- becomes valuable.

#3, classroom led instruction is always great but not easily coordinated for all, to have both options available is appreciated

#3: I like the classroom portion. The relationships developed by a classroom is priceless, but with everyones hectic schedules and economic issues, a mixture of the two seems to work best.

option #3: this gives the student opportunity to identify if the training is what is needed/wanted without taking up classroom time but also gives the student the face to face interaction which encourages learning overall

Self study with optional podcast or webinar that can be accessed by the learner at a self determined time offers the most convenience.

i prefer a combination of directed and self study; i tend to “forget” about things and procrastinate w/o deadlines and someone to keep me motivated. The directed study keeps me focused and on target w/deadlines and steady progress.

my absolute fave way to learn is online; this is the ultimate combination of the self directed and directed study styles. It’s the most convenient way for me since i work nights and don’t live like the rest of the world.

I prefer a combination of the two in which the curriculum is the basis for both self-study and in-class lectures. I enjoy hearing real-life experiences from speakers, however I believe we always “self-study” to stay competent.

I also like a combination of the two. Since I work odd shifts, a self-directed program that can be accessed at any time is a help (did a lot of my BSN work at 3am!!). But it is good to have an expert to contact for questions, to administer test/feedback, etc.

I feel self directed learning is the most flexible especially when so many health care providers work shifts so attending regular classes can be a challange. Also with living in a rural area self directed learning is the only viable option.

(3) a combination of the two in which the curriculum is the basis for both self-study and in-class lectures.

I prefer the combination option. I find it more valuable to receive in-class lectures (I am visual/auditory learner), but I also find self-study a good follow up to in-class.

I feel option #3 would provide the greatest opportunity for learning. Although traveling to an off-site location does pose constraints, the possibility of classroom instruction via internet may solve this problem.

Option #3. I like the flexibility of self-study but it is great to have an actual instructor who can clarify any questions and add his/her personal experiences and tips.

a combination of the two in which the curriculum is the basis for both self-study and in-class lectures I think this way you are increasing the retention of the information that is presented.

I believe a combination is the most effective way to present material because it allows self paced study for some topics and in-person interactive demonstration, discussion and debate on others.

That is a tough one, I usually prefer lecture as I am an auditory learner, but I think a ocmbination would probably be most effectife for for the majority of us.

I prefer a combination of the two in which the curriculum is the basis for both self-study and in-class lectures. It offers the best of both worlds…convenience as well as an opportunity for human connection.

I prefer self directed study as it is often impossible to attend classroom formatted lectures due to shift work.

I prefer a combination of the two; however, self-study does lend itself to convenience when cramped schedules don’t allow for class time. Thank you!

(#3) The combination is great. I also belive we are technologically advanced enough to build & offer both as a “self paced” version. We have the ability to be “with the lecture” (through recording) on our own time yet offer online thoughts to a collective group who post. The Sexual Assault CD that was developed is an eample. Time committment and cost is noted as a problem for most responders here though continued learning is ranked as very important.

I prefer a combination of the two methods. I really enjoy hearing expert lecturers and the having the ability to interact with experts however I also live in a rural area and benefit the most from self-study modules. I also like having the ability to go back and review the self-study modules if I feel the need for refreshing my memory.

I like the combination method the best. Having recently graduated from a BS program which allowed for classroom, online and blended classes, I found that the blended classes worked the best for me. There were times that I took just online classes but I opted to do this when the course material was not that pertainent to my career path, simple required for the degree and the classroom classes at time got so bogged down due to the need to “dumb”-it-down for students who just were not interested, but instead there because someone else was making them go.

I would want the combination of on line and classroom for my own learning. I need other minds in a group setting to stimulate my thoughts. Guess I am basically a people person. Although short on line sessions have their place.

Each option has a place, and can be different for different people dependent upon their situation. I personally prefer the in-person, hands on learning, but like the convenience of on line opportunities.

I agree with a previous post that the subject/topic of the class needs to be considered. For example, a class on physical assessment skills would probably be best with in person instruction or a combo method so that the instructor can assess the students’ skills. Personally, I like the combo (#3) as long as it has lots of resources and frequent feedback with online discussions for clarification of class content.

I would love the self directed study guides and would think you would get alot more people to be able to do it with jobs, kids it is very hard to do classroom. But what about study guide and online class? then you could get online and ask questions etc… to a instructor. I just sent some new nurses to the first halef online half classroom SANE class in NY and they really enjoyed it got alot out of it and are really enthusiastic about starting!!! I think that would be a good mix of both.

It depends on the material being presented but most of the time I prefer to be in a classroom where I can ask questions and listen to the questions that I did not think to ask. I learn quite a bit by watching the body language of the instructor too

i prefer to do a combination of the 2; this way i can ask questions in real time and hear other folks’ opinions

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