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ERIC Number: ED461740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 385
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Memorial Univ., St. John's (Newfoundland). Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada