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Computer-based learning for the enhancement of breastfeeding training

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dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-29 en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-04T18:59:10Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-04T18:59:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/4590
dc.description.abstract A great need exists for ongoing breastfeeding training. Students of today relate well to computers in the learning environment. In this study, computer-based learning (CBL) was explored in the context of breastfeeding training for undergraduate Dietetic students. Aim: To adapt and validate an Indian computer-based undergraduate breastfeeding training module for use by South African undergraduate Dietetic students. Methods and materials: The Indian module was adapted to suit the South African scenario and converted into low-bandwidth, interactive computer-based material. It was assessed for face and content validity by 19 peer reviewers and 17 third-year Stellenbosch University (SU) Dietetic student reviewers by means of self-administered questionnaires. Impact of the adapted module on knowledge was evaluated on second-year SU (n = 14) and University of the Western Cape (UWC) (n = 15) Dietetic students by means of pre- and post-knowledge tests. Results: All reviewers rated their information technology (IT) skills as sufficient and enjoyed the presentation mode of the adapted module. Student reviewers indicated that CBL was a, nice way of learning, but requested that it should not be used as the sole source of instruction. Fifty three per cent (n = 19) of the reviewers rated CBL to be equally effective compared to conventional lectures, 36% (n = 13) rated it as being more effective and 11% (n = 4) as less effective. Pre- and post-knowledge test scores showed a significant increase (SU p < 0.0001 and UWC p < 0.00115). Conclusion: It is recommended that validated computer-based breastfeeding training modules be integrated as part of multi-media methods to increase coverage and enhance breastfeeding learning for undergraduate Dietetic students. Other students of health care professions and health care workers may also benefit from such modules. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject BREASTFEEDING en
dc.subject TRAINING en
dc.subject UNIVERSITY STUDENTS en
dc.title Computer-based learning for the enhancement of breastfeeding training en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 22(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2009/10 en
dc.ResearchGroup Knowledge Systems en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition en
dc.ArchiveNumber 6082 en
dc.PageNumber 137-144 en
dc.outputnumber 4663 en
dc.bibliographictitle Du Plessis, L.M., Labadarios, D., Singh, T. & Marais, D. (2009) Computer-based learning for the enhancement of breastfeeding training. <i>South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition</i>. 22(3):137-144. en
dc.publicationyear 2009 en
dc.contributor.author1 Du Plessis, L.M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Labadarios, D. en
dc.contributor.author3 Singh, T. en
dc.contributor.author4 Marais, D. en


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