Effectiveness of Online Learning Modules For Exercise Professional Certification Guidelines Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Williams, Timmons
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Purpose: This study evaluated Iraqi medical students’ knowledge of exercise prescription for sedentary, healthy individuals based on the ACSM guidelines after viewing a series of online learning modules. The study also tested the reliability of online learning modules as an instructional tool. Methods: A pilot test was performed on American medical students (n=10) using four online learning modules based on the ACSM guidelines for sedentary, healthy individuals to determine reliability of the pre- and post-test (r ≥ 0.70). All modules were watched in one week to limit outside influences on knowledge acquired. Modules were then provided to Iraqi medical students (n=20) for the experimental component of the study. Identical pre- and post-test were used to determine knowledge acquired. Results: Data for both studies were found to not be normally distributed (p<0.05), therefore a Wilcoxon-signed test was used to test for significance of the data. The differences between pre- and post-test scores for the pilot as well as the experimental studies were found to be statistically significant (p<0.05). A Spearman correlation was calculated for the pre- and post-test scores for both groups (r=0.486 and r=0.504; p<0.05, for the pilot and experimental studies, respectively). Conclusions: Online learning modules significantly increased knowledge in exercise prescription guidelines in both an American and Iraqi medical school population.
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  • Ondrak, Kristin
  • Hackney, Anthony
  • Lane, Amy
  • Gulledge, Suzanne
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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