Application of the electronic book to promote self-directed learning in medical technologist continuing education: a cross-sectional study

Chiao Ni Wen, Chung Guei Huang, Pi Yueh Chang, Tsung Han Yang, Huey Ling You, Hsiao Chen Ning*, Kuo Chien Tsao

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Abstract

Background: Continuing education (CE) is essential for health professionals to improve competence in clinical practice, yet many medical technologists still experience barriers to learning in complex clinical settings. To better manage CE and address medical technologists’ learning needs, we developed a learner-centred electronic book (e-book) to promote self-directed learning for medical technologists. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to explore the acceptability and learning impacts of the e-book as CE material for medical technologists in two medical centres in Taiwan. We designed the learner-centred context in the e-book based on medical technologists’ practice requirements and learning needs. Moreover, we adopted The New World Kirkpatrick Model with four levels (reactions, learning, behaviours and results) to evaluate the e-book’s learning impacts on medical technologists. A total of 280 medical technologists were invited to complete a questionnaire and a post-test, providing learning patterns as well as their satisfaction with the e-book and their learning outcomes after using it. Results: Most readers had positive learning experiences and better learning outcomes, including knowledge acquisition and behavioural change, after reading the e-book. The e-book became a new CE activity and reached medical technologists in various types of laboratories. Conclusions: The low-cost and learner-centred e-book effectively overcame CE learning barriers for medical technologists. The interactivity and flexibility of e-learning particularly helped learners to engage in clinical scenarios in laboratory medicine. This study could pave the way for medical educators to build a high-quality e-learning model in CE.

Original languageEnglish
Article number713
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 2022

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Keywords

  • Continuing education
  • Continuing professional development
  • Electronic book
  • Medical technologist
  • Self-directed learning

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