eLearning for the Healthcare Sector
Delivering education and training in the medical field
Rapid advancements in medicine and changes in the way healthcare is delivered has increased the demands on teaching faculties, resulting in less time for face-to-face learning and a movement away from traditional educational venues. Since traditional instructor-centered teaching requires time away from caring for patients, technology is increasingly being used for medical education fostering a learner-centered model - giving the learner control of their own learning. eLearning, the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, provides a valuable platform to deliver clinical competency-based curricula. This enables members of the interprofessional healthcare team to improve their expertise while fulfilling their continuing education obligations. Ultimately, it improves the quality of care provided to patients through the development of clinical excellence.
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Benefits of eLearning for health
Traditional healthcare training comes with multiple challenges. Extended and unpredictable work patterns of healthcare professionals can prevent individuals from attending instructor-led classes or traditional learning face-to-face. With medical eLearning, healthcare professionals can study anywhere since eLearning is mobile and can be accessed by any device connected to the internet. It is a useful tool for removing geographical boundaries and time zones.
Although many people remain skeptical about eLearning, there is evidence for the effectiveness of eLearning within the medical community, especially when deployed alongside teacher-lead activities. A report by the WHO found that eLearning for health professionals is just as or even more effective than traditional learning ventures. This can be attributed to the many features that digital learning platforms offer. These courses can present information in the form of videos, audios, text, and realistic simulations as well as providing discussion forums to recreate the beneficial learner interactions experienced in a classroom environment. Such interactive elements are important in improving retention of, and understanding of the medical content which is often very visual in nature.
eLearning is less expensive than traditional training. A wide range of eLearning content is already available to the learner through a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. eLearning removes the costs associated with providing a trainer, a training centre, and the production and provision of learning materials. eLearning courses are also easier to develop, run and update compared to instructor-led classroom training. Professionals can learn on the go whenever they are not caring for their patients ensuring that they receive important training while maintaining productivity levels.
The eLearning platform provides a valuable resource for healthcare professionals to use when seeking information. Answers can be quickly found within minutes by logging into the system and locating the information that will help to address a specific clinical situation. Most eLearning systems also have a search function that can be used to to make it even easier to locate specific information.
A strength of eLearning is that it is conducive to all learning styles. Some individuals respond well to visual cues while others prefer reading or audio and eLearning platforms can cater to these preferred learning styles by employing videos, images, audio and text to present content. Additionally, users can absorb information at different rates by having control of the rate at which they progress through a piece of content - they can do so without feeling rushed or having to wait for others before progressing onto the next section of the course. This is essential to healthcare users as the information presented needs to be absorbed in full otherwise there is an increased risk of providing inadequate care to patients.
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Recently, new techniques known as immunotherapies have been developed to treat cancer. These have largely been developed in the context of immuno-oncology, which is the study and development of treatments that use the body’s own immune system in order to fight cancer. The aim of this course was to increase education and awareness of CAR T-Cell therapy, so our client’s staff can hold meaningful conversations where required. The course also explains the logistical challenges around CAR T-Cell studies, including harvesting T-Cells, shipment to and from manufacturing sites, as well as managing the data volumes created on these studies.
eLearning in medical education allows the end-user to take control over the content, learning pace, time and media, thus providing a tailored experience that addresses the user's own specific learning goals. Although medical eLearning is seen as a valuable tool in disseminating medical content, learners within the medical field do not see it replacing traditional instructor-led training. Instead, eLearning should be used in conjunction with traditional training to form a blended-learning strategy. Additionally, an evolving focus within medical education on lifelong learning and competency-based training mean the traditional role of a medical educator is under threat. Innovations in this sector will continue to promote an adaptive and collaborative learning experience that will transform the role of the teacher from being simply a distributor of content to being a facilitator of learning and assessor of proficiency. eLearning allows medical educators to transform into this new role by providing an online resource to aid the learner’s journey.
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