ERIC Number: ED461740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning and the Health Professions: A Synthesis Report of the Literature Investigating Continuing Professional Health Education at a Distance.
Curran, Vernon; Noseworthy, Tanya
This synthesis report provides an extensive overview of literature evaluating use and effectiveness of distance learning technologies in delivering continuing education (CE) for health professionals. Chapter 2 discusses advantages and disadvantages of correspondence materials, explores suggestions for improving print-based learning materials, and identifies resources for information regarding effective design of print-based CE programs. Chapter 3, on audio-mediated technologies, focuses on these three: audio teleconferencing, radio, and audiocassettes. Each is reviewed, advantages and disadvantages are explored, and examples of its application in delivery of CE are provided. Chapter 4 examines video-mediated technologies, their advantages and disadvantages and their use in CE. They include videoconferencing, broadcast and closed-circuit television networks, slow scan video, and video-based satellite broadcasting. Chapter 5 describes computer-mediated learning (CML) technologies: CD-ROM, interactive videodisc systems, and Internet and World Wide Web. Many advantages are addressed: storage capacity, rapid access to information, place and time independence, interactive learning, individualized instruction, self-paced learning, learner control, just-in-time learning, cost savings. Disadvantages are considered: costs, technical limitations, security, and access. CML planning and managing are then discussed. (Appendixes include a summary of experimental research reviewed, abstracts and study summaries, and 491 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Audiotape Cassettes, Broadcast Television, Closed Circuit Television, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Correspondence Study, Developed Nations, Distance Education, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Health Personnel, Internet, Printed Materials, Professional Continuing Education, Radio, Rural Areas, Teaching Methods, Teleconferencing, Videotex
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Memorial Univ., St. John's (Newfoundland). Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada