Kieran Walsh in his latest blog, raises questions about whether E-learning is being utilised to its full advantage by the Directors of medical education programmes.


E-learning in medical education has been around for twenty years. Some studies have shown it to be as effective as traditional forms of education—at least for selected learning outcomes.
It may also result in cost savings compared to more traditional forms of education. But any potential savings from e-learning depend upon the e-learning resources fitting in with the rest of a medical education programme and not just reproducing the programme online. For example, if junior doctors learn about how to diagnose asthma online and then learn the exact same information in a tutorial about asthma, there won’t be any savings from e-learning. If, however, the doctors use e-learning to learn knowledge on the diagnosis of asthma and afterwards attend a skills-based tutorial on performing spirometry, then there may be savings of time and resources. This is not new—it used to be called blended learning and is now increasingly called flipping the classroom.
But all of this depends upon tutors and programme directors knowing about e-learning resources, and feeling that they are worthwhile, and recommending them to their learners. So, do they do this?.....

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