Worthington Scranton faculty present research on learning methods

May 16, 2012

Michael Evans, nursing instructor, and Tierney Lyons, reference librarian, recently presented their research titled, "The Use of Asynchronous Discussion Boards to Increase Student Learning: An Interdisciplinary Approach" at the Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Sigma Chapter Research Day at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa. The study was conducted with the help of a Teaching Project Grant from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

The two faculty members also presented to their colleagues and peers at a faculty seminar held at Penn State Worthington Scranton.
The pair's research focused on whether the use of asynchronous discussion boards as an adjunctive teaching strategy to traditional classroom lecture in an undergraduate nursing research course leads to differences in student satisfaction and reflective thinking.
Their research was conducted at Worthington Scranton during the 2011 Fall semester in the Nursing 200w course, which was taught by Milton Evans.
Throughout the study, students were expected to respond to faculty posted discussion questions regarding nursing research, as well as responding to two of their peers' postings with a "thought extending" posting. Results of the study showed that this blended learning teaching modality increased reflective thinking and student satisfaction among the students.
While the study did not produce statistically significant results, due to the small sample size, it did prove that utilizing interdisciplinary teaching in a blended learning format through asynchronous discussion boards on ANGEL can be an effective teaching tool. It also showed the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration among librarians and course specific disciplines to enhance student outcomes.
Evans and Lyons plan on repeating the study again this summer in the same course.

Anyone interested in learning more about the study can contact either via email; mme124@psu.edu for Evans; or Tierney@psu.edu for Lyons.

  • Left to right, Michael Evans, nursing instructor, and Tierney Lyons, reference librarian, both from Penn State Worthington Scranton.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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