An objective approach to evaluating an internet-delivered genetics education resource developed for nurses: using Google AnalyticsTM to monitor global visitor engagement.

Maggie Kirk, Rhian Morgan, Emma Tonkin, Kevin McDonald, Heather Skirton

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

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The rapid increase in gene-disease discoveries offers real promise of clinical applications for people and families affected by genetic conditions but for which health professionals are not prepared because of lack of training. The availability of clinically relevant education resources is critical to enabling nurses to develop the appropriate genetics-genomics knowledge and skills to provide optimum care for individuals and families. The Internet is a core resource to support teaching and learning in nurse education. Evaluating such resources is important to maximise the education experience, particularly for subjects traditionally perceived by nurses as being difficult. Telling Stories, Understanding Real Life Genetics is a web-based educational resource. It uses real accounts from individuals and professionals to promote understanding of the impact of genetics-genomics on the lives of people and their families. Google AnalyticsTM Web analytics service provides time series data for analysing web usage to optimise website effectiveness. We present data of visitor activity and behaviour from 123 countries over three years from 2009-2011 and consider how the application of theweb analytics informs approaches to enhancing visibility of the website, provides an indicator of engagement with genetics-genomics both nationally and globally, and informs future expansion of the site as a global resource for health professional education. Telling Stories is an accessible, broad-reaching resource that is of global relevance for health professionals, attracting over 33,500 visitors between 2009-2011, with steadily increasing numbers of returning visitors. The United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the Netherlands are the largest site users. Returning visitors spend significantly more time on site and view more pages than new visitors. Most referring sites are education establishments. More needs to be done now to enhance the site's accessibility for people of other languages and cultures.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)557 - 579
Nifer y tudalennau22
CyfnodolynJournal of Research in Nursing
Cyfrol17
Rhif cyhoeddi6
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 1 Tach 2012

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