Sirikanok Klankhajhon, Somsak Thojampa



Background: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a significant learning-teaching innovation that learner can be accessed openly, and self-learned through the website. Palliative care course help to enhance their attitude, knowledge, and self-practice of the learners especially nursing students.

Objectives: The objectives were to examine the effectiveness of MOOC: Palliative care on the learning achievement regarding nursing students.

Methods: The Quasi - experimental study were used to design based on the one group pre-test and post-test on the learning achievement of the nursing students. The study was conducted at the Faculty of Nursing, Naresuan University, Thailand over six months during the period of June to November 2020 based on the Ethical issues from the Naresuan University Institutional Review Board (IRB no 0618/62), Naresuan University

Results: A total of 120 nursing students of the third years from the Faculty of Nursing, Naresuan University, Thailand were invited to participate in the palliative care course over ten hours in the five weeks intervention (two hours/week). Baseline measures were collected before starting the palliative care course and learning outcome after the completion of this course. The data were analysed by using SPSS and the data were reported as the descriptive and paired t-test. The learning outcomes after study the palliative care course were higher than the before study significantly (p<.005).

Conclusion: MOOC is new trend in higher education for nursing students. It significantly improves the effective learning achievement. The study indicated the MOOC: Palliative Care supports to gain the knowledge and attitude including the self-practice of nursing students for palliative care. It will be useful for the innovation teaching and learning in nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: MOOC, Palliative care, Online teaching, Nursing student, Learning achievement.

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