ERIC Number: EJ856752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Bridging the Divide: Sustainability and Relevance of a Distance Learning Module for Clinical Officers in Tanzania
Brigley, Stephen; Hosein, I.; Myemba, I. R.
Open Learning, v24 n2 p155-163 Jun 2009
This paper reports on work by a team from Wales, supported by UNESCO Cymru-Wales, to develop a distance learning module for Tanzanian clinical officers (COs) on the syndromic management and counselling of sexually transmissible infection (STI) and HIV patients. Preparation included documentary analysis and a questionnaire survey to ascertain COs' learning needs regarding STIs and HIV and AIDS. The module design was influenced by needs identified around counselling, syndromic management, drugs management, laboratory diagnosis, health education, resources, staffing and service morale. Framework criteria for the module design were based on sensitivity to COs' needs in the Tanzanian context while introducing modern approaches to continuing professional development and distance learning. Continuing dialogue with Tanzanian partners avoided the assumption of simple transfer of educational technologies and expertise. Potential problems for implementation and evaluation of the STI module were: limited training infrastructure and resources; maintaining module relevance and sustainability; promoting learner engagement; assuring the quality of tutor support; assessing learner achievement; and bridging educational aims and values of the partners.
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Health Education, Distance Education, Learning Modules, Foreign Countries, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Instructional Design, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Professional Continuing Education, Inquiry, Relevance (Education), Needs Assessment, Media Adaptation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tanzania; United Kingdom (Wales)