In March 2006 Academic Medicine published an article (Vol. 81, No.3) to discuss the e-Learning role in medical education. Let's talk about.
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Although more than a decade has passed since the publication of this article, we believe it is useful for understanding what we are building, since it is still relevant for us:
- Innovations in e-learning technologies point toward a revolution in education, allowing learning to be individualized (adaptive learning), enhancing learners’ interactions with others (collaborative learning).
- Adults learn by relating new learning to past experiences, by linking learning to specific needs, and by practically applying learning, resulting in more effective and efficient learning experiences.
- The potential for collaborative learning to break the isolation of learners is realized in e-learning technologies.
Quantitative and qualitative studies of collaborative learning in medicine have shown:
- higher levels of learner satisfaction
- improvements in knowledge
- understanding of concepts
- achievement of course objectives
- changes in practice
As mentioned in this article, the future offers the promise of high-fidelity, high-speed simulations and personalized instruction using both adaptive (content personalization, the ultimate learner-centered experience) and collaborative learning.
Academic Medicine, Vol. 81, No. 3 / March 2006
Authors: Jorge G. Ruiz, MD, Michael J. Mintzer, MD, and Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD
IT in Medical Education
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