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Can hospitals trust e-learning as a recruitment tool?
News from Healthcare Dive:
Electronic learning could enable millions of additional students around the world to access healthcare education—and it’s just as effective as traditional learning, new research suggests.
e-Learning opportunities have been gaining acceptance in various forms, including stand-alone programs, distance-learning programs at traditional institutions and MOOCs. Now, they get a boost as a review commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and carried out by Imperial College London concludes that e-learning is likely to be as effective as traditional methods for training health professionals.
The review is drawn from a total of 108 studies and shows that students acquire knowledge and skills through online and offline e-learning tools as well as or better than they do through traditional teaching.
The authors add that combining e-learning with traditional teaching is likely to be most suitable for courses that need to teach practical skills.
Dr. Erica Wheeler of WHO’s Department of Health Workforce notes, “This report was commissioned by WHO to ensure that there is robust evidence to support the increase in the numbers of health workers being trained. There is also a need for the provision of guidance on what methods are most suitable and effective for different pedagogical approaches, in the light of ever-increasing demands…………… continues on Healthcare Dive