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Facilitating Learning in the Workplace

Facilitating Learning in the Workplace

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This suite of modules will be completely decommissioned in September 2017, from which point it will no longer be accessible.

Workplace learning has long been an integral aspect of all stages of health professions  education and training. Traditionally, for many of the professions, workplace learning took the form of an apprenticeship model and learning by ‘osmosis’. Over the two decades, the traditional (often hospital based) models have been challenged by education and healthcare reforms and public expectations. Now, initial entry onto a professional register is through a degree-based programme delivered by universities in partnership with hospital and community based organisations. For both undergraduates and postgraduate learners, new training curricula, alongside working time directives, centralisation of specialist services and shorter hospital stays, mean we need to look to new models of apprenticeship that ensure learners have opportunities to learn ‘on the job’ while ‘doing the job’.

In this module we will explore some theoretical perspectives on workplace learning and consider some practical suggestions on how to support learners in the clinical environment

By the end of this module you should have a clearer sense of the opportunities for learning that present themselves in everyday working practice. You should be more able to identify the ways in which you can create an environment where learning can take place and have a wider range of strategies to support this learning.

Before you start

Before you start the module we recommend that you spend a few minutes thinking about the following points and noting down some of your thoughts. If you are registered on the site, you can do this in the ‘reflections area’. Click on the ‘my area’ link at the top of the page to access your personal pages. Please note that you must be logged in to do this. Please also note that you will need to contribute to the ‘reflections area’ during the course of the module in order to complete and print out your certificate.

Thinking points

Think about your current and recent workplace(s) and consider opportunities for learning.

  • What are the ways in which your learners learn through work-related activity?
  • What does workplace learning offer that ‘classroom-based’ learning does not?
  • What are the main challenges for learning through work-related activity?

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