A consumer guide to the world of e-learning
Fancy keeping up to date from the comfort of your swivel chair? From educational CD Roms to web based learning programmes, e-learning means you can. John Sandars and Kieran Walsh help you decide what sort of e-learning will suit you best
All healthcare professionals are being offered more and more e-learning products. These range from CD Roms to web based learning programmes. Some are free but you'll have to buy others. Some sites allow free access for informal learning but others require enrolment or registration to access. Providers include commercial organisations, pharmaceutical companies, professional bodies, and government agencies. With such a variety, it's hard for anyone to make an informed choice. What you need to do, according to Fabrizio Cardinali of Giunti Interactive Labs, is navigate a course between “inflated claims (of providers), unrealistic expectations (of students) and uninformed strategies (of politicians).” Hopefully this article will help steer you in the right direction.
The developments in technology over the last decade have revolutionised learning opportunities. Learning materials can now be developed to maximise learning, for example, through the use of high quality audiovisual media. They can also be delivered at a