distance education


Summary: Education via communication media (correspondence, radio, television, computer networks) with little or no in-person face-to-face contact between students and teachers. (ERIC Thesaurus, 1997)

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  1. Cook D. The failure of e-learning research to inform educational practice, and what we can do about it. Med Teach. 2009;31:158-62 pubmed publisher
    ..Instead, we need to clarify how and when to use e-learning through 'basic science' research and 'field tests' comparing one e-learning intervention to another. ..
  2. Kheng S. The challenges of upgrading from ISPO Category II level to Bachelor Degree level by distance education. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2008;32:299-312 pubmed publisher
    ..A survey aimed to investigate the challenges of the programme using long distance education was prepared and data was gathered by questionnaires delivered to the organizer, host, coordinators, ..
  3. Dufour J, Cuggia M, Soula G, Spector M, Kohler F. An integrated approach to distance learning with digital video in the French-speaking Virtual Medical University. Int J Med Inform. 2007;76:369-76 pubmed
    ..This paper describes the UMVF approach to integrating digital video technologies and services in educational projects. ..
  4. Beux P, Fieschi M. Virtual biomedical universities and e-learning. Int J Med Inform. 2007;76:331-5 pubmed
    ..A special attention is given to training new generations of clinicians in ICT tools and methods to be used in clinical settings as well as in medical schools. ..
  5. Hahm J, Lee H, Kim S, Shimizu S, Choi H, Ko Y, et al. A remote educational system in medicine using digital video. Hepatogastroenterology. 2007;54:373-6 pubmed
    ..Our network system may become a promising tool for worldwide telemedical communication in the future. ..
  6. Lewis P, Price S. Distance education and the integration of E-learning in a graduate program. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2007;38:139-43 pubmed
    Historically, distance education consisted of a combination of face-to-face blocks of time and surface mailed packages...
  7. Mancuso Murphy J. Distance education in nursing: an integrated review of online nursing students' experiences with technology-delivered instruction. J Nurs Educ. 2007;46:252-60 pubmed
    One proposed solution to educating more nurses to decrease and eventually eliminate the nursing shortage is distance education. But what are nursing students' experiences with distance education? Answering this question can assist in the ..
  8. Sims M, Howell N, Harbison B. Videoconferencing in a veterinary curriculum. J Vet Med Educ. 2007;34:299-310 pubmed
    ..This article describes a number of veterinary school applications using distance-learning approaches that the authors hope will serve as examples upon which others can build. ..
  9. Johnson P, Ghebreyohanes G, Cunningham V, Kutenplon D, Bouey O. Distance education to prepare nursing faculty in Eritrea: diffusion of an innovative model of midwifery education. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2007;52:e37-41 pubmed
    ..Eritrean graduate nursing students used distance education technologies and in-country clinical support to complete a program of study that prepared them for an ..

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  1. Phillips J, Billings D. Using webcasts for continuing education in nursing. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2007;38:152-3 pubmed
    ..This column evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the use of Webcasts for continuing education, and offers strategies to improve learner outcomes. ..
  2. Matkin G. Distance education: its concepts and constructs. J Vet Med Educ. 2007;34:220-5 pubmed
    ..The notion that distance education is inferior to classroom-based education is being countered by millions of student experiences every day...
  3. Guan J, Tregonning S, Keenan L. Social interaction and participation: formative evaluation of online CME modules. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2008;28:172-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Facilitators needed training in online systems and facilitation skills. Longer course duration and realistic pacing would probably foster more social interaction and greater course participation. ..
  4. Sargeant J, Curran V, Jarvis Selinger S, Ferrier S, Allen M, Kirby F, et al. Interactive on-line continuing medical education: physicians' perceptions and experiences. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2004;24:227-36 pubmed
  5. Stain S, Mitchell M, Belue R, Mosley V, Wherry S, Adams C, et al. Objective assessment of videoconferenced lectures in a surgical clerkship. Am J Surg. 2005;189:81-4 pubmed
    ..Telemedicine, using interactive videoconferencing, is an effective method for didactic lectures in a surgical clerkship. This technology allows students to receive interactive lectures at distant clinical sites and limit their travel. ..
  6. DiMaria Ghalili R, Ostrow L, Rodney K. Webcasting: a new instructional technology in distance graduate nursing education. J Nurs Educ. 2005;44:11-8 pubmed
    ..a Webcast class and provide a detailed account of the process of adopting Webcasting as a medium to provide distance education at a state university in a rural setting...
  7. Davis M, Sollecito W, Shay S, Williamson W. Examining the impact of a distance education MPH program: a one-year follow-up survey of graduates. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2004;10:556-63 pubmed
    This article addresses the critical issue of measuring impact of a distance education Master of Public Health degree program on public health practitioners...
  8. Walton G, Childs S, Blenkinsopp E. Using mobile technologies to give health students access to learning resources in the UK community setting. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:51-65 pubmed
    ..Collaboration and partnership working will be most effective approach for librarians wishing to integrate their services with m-learning technologies. ..
  9. Sargeant J. Medical education for rural areas: opportunities and challenges for information and communications technologies. J Postgrad Med. 2005;51:301-7 pubmed
    ..Finally, there is need for more rigorous research to more clearly identify advantages and disadvantages of specific uses of ICTs in medical education. ..
  10. Schilling K, Wiecha J, Polineni D, Khalil S. An interactive web-based curriculum on evidence-based medicine: design and effectiveness. Fam Med. 2006;38:126-32 pubmed
  11. Beal T, Kemper K, Gardiner P, Woods C. Long-term impact of four different strategies for delivering an on-line curriculum about herbs and other dietary supplements. BMC Med Educ. 2006;6:39 pubmed
    ..Future studies should compare the impact of required vs. elective courses and self-reported vs. objective measures of behavior change. ..
  12. Locatis C, Gaines C, Liu W, Gill M, Carney J, Foster J, et al. A blended training approach using videoconferencing for distance education. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:464-8 pubmed
  13. Treloar D, Hawayek J, Montgomery J, Russell W. On-site and distance education of emergency medicine personnel with a human patient simulator. Mil Med. 2001;166:1003-6 pubmed
    ..The use of HPS with distant interactive education capability allows isolated medical personnel the opportunity to practice skills unconstrained by time or distance. ..
  14. Atack L. Becoming a web-based learner: registered nurses' experiences. J Adv Nurs. 2003;44:289-97 pubmed
    ..Nurses, employers and educators should evaluate computer skills, computer access and the learning environment when preparing for web-based learning. ..
  15. Harden R, Hart I. An international virtual medical school (IVIMEDS): the future for medical education?. Med Teach. 2002;24:261-7 pubmed
  16. Lau F. Distributed health informatics graduate education for working professionals. Int J Med Inform. 2007;76:344-50 pubmed
  17. Markova T, Roth L, Monsur J. Synchronous distance learning as an effective and feasible method for delivering residency didactics. Fam Med. 2005;37:570-5 pubmed
    ..The new technology is well accepted by learners and is a promising approach to multi-site education. ..
  18. Cook D, Dupras D. Teaching on the web: automated online instruction and assessment of residents in an acute care clinic. Med Teach. 2004;26:599-603 pubmed
    ..This 'stand-alone' online curriculum, with automated instruction and assessment, facilitated effective and satisfying learning without requiring faculty involvement. This method could easily be reproduced in other settings. ..
  19. Curran V, Lockyer J, Kirby F, Sargeant J, Fleet L, Wright D. The nature of the interaction between participants and facilitators in online asynchronous continuing medical education learning environments. Teach Learn Med. 2005;17:240-5 pubmed
  20. Morin A, Benhamou A, Spector M, Bonnin A, Debry C. The French language virtual medical university. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2004;104:213-9 pubmed
    ..Beyond the sole medical domain, the model offered by the FSVMU should be useful for the French-speaking Universities in all the fields of knowledge and training which are candidate to benefit from new educational means and methods. ..
  21. Kenyon M, Chevalier C, Gagahe V, Sisiolo R. The community in the classroom: designing a distance education community health course for nurses in Solomon Islands. Pac Health Dialog. 2000;7:76-80 pubmed
    ..for nurses in the Solomon Islands and to try the distance learning model as an educational method, the Distance Education Programme of the Ministry of Health implemented five post basic nursing certificate courses for health ..
  22. Parboosingh J. Physician communities of practice: where learning and practice are inseparable. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2002;22:230-6 pubmed
    ..This article describes a program of research that is planned to assess the effectiveness of information and communication technologies that purport to support and enhance learning in practice. ..
  23. Andrews K, Demps E. Distance education in the U.S. and Canadian undergraduate dental curriculum. J Dent Educ. 2003;67:427-38 pubmed
    ..At the same time, formidable obstacles must be addressed for this approach to be successful. ..
  24. Cobb S. Internet continuing education for health care professionals: an integrative review. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2004;24:171-80 pubmed
    ..Additional studies are needed to measure the impact of Internet CE on practice performance, reduce barriers to on-line CE, and identify appropriate theoretical frameworks for on-line learning. ..
  25. Schultze Mosgau S, Zielinski T, Lochner J. Web-based, virtual course units as a didactic concept for medical teaching. Med Teach. 2004;26:336-42 pubmed
    ..Online examinations permit automatic monitoring and evaluation of the learning effect. The modular structure permits easy updating of course contents. Hyperlinks with literature sources facilitate study. ..
  26. Cook D, Dupras D. A practical guide to developing effective web-based learning. J Gen Intern Med. 2004;19:698-707 pubmed
    ..Teaching on the Web involves more than putting together a colorful webpage. By consistently employing principles of effective learning, educators will unlock the full potential of Web-based medical education. ..
  27. Ostrow L, DiMaria Ghalili R. Distance education for graduate nursing: one state school's experience. J Nurs Educ. 2005;44:5-10 pubmed
    ..The lessons learned from one school's long history with distance education are analyzed from the theoretical perspectives of adult learners and virtual students...
  28. Fieschi M, Soula G, Giorgi R, Gouvernet J, Fieschi D, Botti G, et al. Experimenting with new paradigms for medical education and the emergence of a distance learning degree using the internet: teaching evidence-based medicine. Med Inform Internet Med. 2002;27:1-11 pubmed
    ..Trainers and trainees responded favourably to the computer applications and the Internet. This project demonstrated the feasibility of computer-aided learning and the advantages of distance teaching over the Internet. ..
  29. McKimm J, Jollie C, Cantillon P. ABC of learning and teaching: Web based learning. BMJ. 2003;326:870-3 pubmed
  30. Curran V, Kirby F, Parsons E, Lockyer J. Discourse analysis of computer-mediated conferencing in World Wide Web-based continuing medical education. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2003;23:229-38 pubmed
    ..Interactive participation will not occur just because CMC is being used. The design of Web-based CME learning activities, participant characteristics, and facilitation are key factors that influence the effective use of CMC. ..
  31. Curran V, Kirby F, Parsons E, Lockyer J. Short report: satisfaction with on-line CME. Evaluation of the ruralMDcme website. Can Fam Physician. 2004;50:271-4 pubmed
  32. Tilley D, Boswell C, Cannon S. Developing and establishing online student learning communities. Comput Inform Nurs. 2006;24:144-9; quiz 150-1 pubmed
    ..The characteristics of the cohort leading to an effective learning community included supportiveness, open sharing of oneself, and socialization. ..
  33. Maag M. The potential use of "blogs" in nursing education. Comput Inform Nurs. 2005;23:16-24; quiz 25-6 pubmed
    ..However, the use of blogs, as an interactive and effective educational method, has not been well documented by nurse educators. ..
  34. Booth A, Levy P, Bath P, Lacey T, Sanderson M, Diercks O Brien G. Studying health information from a distance: refining an e-learning case study in the crucible of student evaluation. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:8-19 pubmed
    ..The multimedia case study has met many of its original aims in providing greater cohesion for core modules and encouraging greater levels of interaction and multidisciplinary collaboration. ..
  35. Abdolrasulnia M, Collins B, Casebeer L, Wall T, Spettell C, Ray M, et al. Using email reminders to engage physicians in an Internet-based CME intervention. BMC Med Educ. 2004;4:17 pubmed
    ..Repetition of email communications contributes to physician online participation. ..
  36. Allen M, Sargeant J, Mann K, Fleming M, Premi J. Videoconferencing for practice-based small-group continuing medical education: feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness, and cost. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2003;23:38-47 pubmed
    ..Videoconferencing has the potential to bring the benefits of small-group, practice-based learning to many physicians; however, strict attention to videoconferencing techniques is required. Cost is also an important consideration. ..
  37. Howatson Jones L. Designing web-based education courses for nurses. Nurs Stand. 2004;19:41-4 pubmed
    ..It concludes that further research into what nurses want from web-based learning may better inform course design and the development of other web-based educational resources. ..
  38. Boulos M, Taylor A, Breton A. A synchronous communication experiment within an online distance learning program: a case study. Telemed J E Health. 2005;11:583-93 pubmed
    ..However, robust research evidence is still required to convince educators fully about the benefits of synchronous communication tools and help them decide on the most suitable solutions for their particular circumstances. ..
  39. Bergeron B. Online CME options: an update. J Med Pract Manage. 2006;22:55-7 pubmed
    ..As the medical education community embraces the technologies enabling targeted dissemination of information, physicians can expect more and better focused medical education experiences. ..
  40. Via D, Kyle R, Trask J, Shields C, Mongan P. Using high-fidelity patient simulation and an advanced distance education network to teach pharmacology to second-year medical students. J Clin Anesth. 2004;16:144-51 pubmed
    The feasibility and acceptance of an Advanced Distance Education Network (ADEN) in bringing the simulated operating room (OR) to second-year medical students learning the pharmacology of anesthetic drugs is reviewed...
  41. Mash R, Marais D, van der Walt S, Van Deventer I, Steyn M, Labadarios D. Assessment of the quality of interaction in distance learning programmes utilising the Internet (WebCT) or interactive television (ITV). Med Educ. 2005;39:1093-100 pubmed
    ..electronic technologies have been married with new pedagogical ideas to create effective learning for distance education students...
  42. Mash B, Marais D, Van Der Walt S, Van Deventer I, Steyn M, Labadarios D. Assessment of the quality of interaction in distance learning programmes utilizing the Internet or interactive television: perceptions of students and lecturers. Med Teach. 2006;28:e1-9 pubmed
    ..learning environment (VLE) and Interactive TV (ITV) are relatively new technologies that are used to deliver distance education at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University...
  43. Vollmar H, Schürer Maly C, Frahne J, Lelgemann M, Butzlaff M. An e-learning platform for guideline implementation--evidence- and case-based knowledge translation via the Internet. Methods Inf Med. 2006;45:389-96 pubmed
    ..An interactive online CME platform can support active learning and may establish an additional stimulus for knowledge translation into daily medical practice. ..
  44. Szymas J. Teleeducation and telepathology for open and distance education. Anal Cell Pathol. 2000;21:183-91 pubmed
    ..The packet is part of the integrated management information system of the department of pathology. Applications for other telepathological systems are presented. ..
  45. Casebeer L, Allison J, Spettell C. Designing tailored Web-based instruction to improve practicing physicians' chlamydial screening rates. Acad Med. 2002;77:929 pubmed
    ..The module format is easily adapted to other diseases, able to be linked in an automated fashion to administrative data files, and relatively low in cost to support. ..
  46. Parry D. Using the Internet to teach health informatics: a case study. J Med Internet Res. 2001;3:E26 pubmed
    ..Despite these challenges, the use of Internet technology has been interesting for both staff and students, and a worthwhile alternative for delivering educational material and advice to students working from their own homes. ..
  47. Jones R, Skirton H, McMullan M. Feasibility of combining e-health for patients with e-learning for students using synchronous technologies. J Adv Nurs. 2006;56:99-109 pubmed
    ..Having identified a feasible synchronous method we can now investigate hypothesized benefits for staff, students, and patients of combined e-health e-learning. ..
  48. Harden R. A new vision for distance learning and continuing medical education. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2005;25:43-51 pubmed
    ..There are important implications, too, for globalization in medical education, for multiprofessional education, and for the continuum of education from undergraduate to postgraduate and continuing education. ..
  49. Kemper K, Amata Kynvi A, Sanghavi D, Whelan J, Dvorkin L, Woolf A, et al. Randomized trial of an internet curriculum on herbs and other dietary supplements for health care professionals. Acad Med. 2002;77:882-9 pubmed
    ..Internet-based education about herbs and dietary supplements for diverse health professionals is feasible and results in significant and sustained improvements in knowledge, confidence, and communication practices. ..
  50. Markova T, Roth L. E-conferencing for delivery of residency didactics. Acad Med. 2002;77:748-9 pubmed
    ..We are considering the addition of streaming video to the presentations in the future, once the bandwidth of the Internet connections is sufficient. ..
  51. Olson C, Shershneva M. Setting quality standards for web-based continuing medical education. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2004;24:100-11 pubmed
    ..This article describes five sets of standards published in the distance education literature and explores whether the standards might be used to inform and enhance approaches to designing ..
  52. So H. Is blended learning a viable option in public health education? A case study of student satisfaction with a blended graduate course. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009;15:59-66 pubmed publisher
    ..Implications for designing blended learning courses are discussed. ..
  53. Hadley J, Davis J, Khan K. Teaching and learning evidence-based medicine in complementary, allied, and alternative health care: an integrated tailor-made course. J Altern Complement Med. 2007;13:1151-5 pubmed publisher
    ..By using the educational strategies described in this paper, EBM teaching can provide an adaptable learning experience that is suitable for different target audiences. ..