An online collaborative case-based learning approach to obesity prevention and treatment
Spillane, Courtney Marie
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Equipping healthcare professionals for intensive clinical obesity prevention and treatment is essential. Case-based learning (CBL) has been utilized as an effective training tool in the medical field. It was hypothesized that online, collaborative, guided CBL would lead to a greater increase knowledge of the impact of obesity on maternal and infant health compared to traditional case studies. The study involved a pre-test, three-week intervention, post-test, student satisfaction survey and reflective essays for students enrolled in a nutrition through the lifespan course (n=64). The intervention was compared to a traditional case study. Both groups significantly increased knowledge and the intervention group tended to have greater increases in knowledge compared to the traditional delivery. Compared to a traditional case delivery, students completing the intervention were more likely to feel they developed skills necessary for future practice and that the variety of activities contributed to their learning.