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A Networked Distributed Model for Midwifery Education

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Reshaping Vocational Education and Training in Aotearoa New Zealand

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This chapter explores the design of a blended learning Bachelor of Midwifery programme based at Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara) in Ōtautahi (Christchurch), Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ). Students are recruited from across the upper half of Te Waipounamu (South Island). The programme prepares students for registration as midwives and therefore must meet the standards of midwifery education set out by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). In 2007, the MCNZ updated the standards which required that midwifery preregistration education providers ensured that students could access programmes in provincial and rural areas. This model was recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve recruitment and retention of health workers outside of main urban areas (2010). The design of the Ara midwifery programme illustrates the success of a networked distributed approach, itself an innovation, with support from a range of pedagogical approaches (including the application of Kaupapa Māori and Pasifika values, eportfolio assessments, and simulation and virtual reality), to ensure excellent programme completion rates and graduate destination outcomes.

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    (Māori) To meet and discuss, deliberate, consider. In our programme the word refers to the block week of face-to-face classroom sessions.

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    Task trainers/ Part task trainers - A model that represents a part or region of the human body such as an arm, or an abdomen. Such devices may use mechanical or electronic interfaces to teach and give feedback on manual skills such as IV insertion, ultrasound scanning, suturing, etc. Generally used to support procedural skills training; however, they can be used in conjunction with other learning technologies to create integrated clinical situations (Lopreiato, 2016).

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Daellenbach, R., Kensington, M., Maki, K., Prier, M., Welfare, M. (2022). A Networked Distributed Model for Midwifery Education. In: Chan, S., Huntington, N. (eds) Reshaping Vocational Education and Training in Aotearoa New Zealand. Professional and Practice-based Learning, vol 34. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-12168-5_18

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