Evaluation of an e-Learning platform for educators to improve education around infection prevention and antibiotics

Charlotte V. Eley*, Vicki L. Young, Catherine V. Hayes, Cliodna McNulty

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    e-Bug, an international educational resource for educators to teach children about hygiene and antibiotics, developed free e-Learning for educators to increase knowledge about e-Bug and develop skills to optimise use. Educators completed an online evaluation survey after completing the e-Learning. Quantitative data were analysed using Microsoft Excel. Two qualitative focus groups explored educator views; data were thematically analysed. One hundred participants participated. Overall impression of the e-Learning was very good/good (88%). Eighty per cent stated that their perceived knowledge of e-Bug improved after completing the training. Four main themes emerged from qualitative data: attributes of the e-Learning, perceived educator self-development, promotion and accreditation of educator training, and the delivery of educator training. Educators suggested modifications. Authors conclude that e-Learning is a suitable tool to aid educator learning; educators view the e-Bug e-Learning as a valuable continuous professional development resource to improve educator knowledge, confidence and skills to teach about hygiene topics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)485-501
    Number of pages17
    JournalTechnology, Pedagogy and Education
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2019

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    We would like to thank Megan Bull and Beverley Hoekstra, Primary Care Unit, for their contribution to the preliminary research. We would also like to thank all educators who took part in the online evaluation survey and the focus groups. This work was supported by Public Health England.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2019, © 2019 Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education.

    Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


    • E-Bug
    • e-Learning
    • health education
    • mixed methods
    • training


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