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3ie-LIDC Seminar Series: Internet-based medical education: findings and lessons from a realist review

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 17:00 to 18:30
17:00 - 18:30, London International Development Centre (LIDC), Room 103, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H0.

Speaker: Doctor Geoff Wong, University College London (UCL)
Educational courses for doctors and medical students are increasingly offered via the Internet. Despite much research, course developers remain unsure about what (if anything) to offer online and how. Prospective learners lack evidence-based guidance on how to choose between the options on offer. We aimed to produce theory driven criteria to guide the development and evaluation of Internet-based medical courses. We found that, when designing or choosing an Internet-based course, attention must be given to the fit between its technical attributes and learners' needs and priorities; and to ways of providing meaningful interaction. We offer a preliminary set of transferable questions to aid course developers and learners consider these issues. Our review also highlighted the more general issues of how best to develop and evaluate educational interventions.