Quick Talks: Problem based learning online in postgraduate health management & leadership – a case study

Presenter: Andrey Zheluk

Co-presenter(s): none

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Science and Health

School / Unit: SNPHS

Session Type: Quick Talk

Session Number: 5

When: Wednesday 16th November at 11:15 am

Zoom link: https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/63274731255?pwd=RUlvOWZud0tFRmUrc3ZpYURnem41QT09 Passcode: 311847

Abstract: INTRODUCTION The subject HML404 Health Services and Their Internal Influences was taught as a Problem Based Learning (PBL) subject during Semester 2 2021. This subject was taught as part of the online postgraduate Health Management and Leadership (HML) course at CSU. PBL is a teaching method in which complex real-world problems are used as the vehicle to promote student learning of concepts and principles as opposed to direct presentation of facts and concepts. PBL has not been used widely in the education of health managers. METHODS The data source consists of a survey of 8 students who completed the first iteration of this subject. Students were surveyed using a 5 point Likert scale on the following dimensions: familiarity with PBL pedagogy; likelihood of recommending PHL approach to colleagues; preferences for PBL over traditional content delivery; the case scenario; and applicability to student’s work environments. RESULTS Respondents to the survey rated the course highly. The majority of students were not familiar with PBL approaches before completing this subject. Students reported greater engagement with course materials, and direct applicability to their professional roles. DISCUSSION PBL has not been used widely in health services management education. This subject demonstrated the willingness of working health professionals with several years of clinical experience to engage with novel pedagogic techniques. CONCLUSION The delivery of this subject demonstrated the viability of delivering a novel PBL approach for HML education.