E-Learning Is Effective for Health Care Workers, Report Finds

January 12, 2015 in News

Electronic learning methods are just as effective as traditional medical training for health care workers, according to a report commissioned by the World Health Organization, Reuters reports.

Details of Report

For the report, Imperial College London researchers analyzed 108 studies of undergraduate students to determine the effectiveness of e-learning.

Researchers separately analyzed:

  • Online learning, which requires an Internet connection; and
  • Offline learning, which uses devices such as USB sticks (Kelland, Reuters, 1/12).

Findings

According to the report, undergraduates training to become health care workers can learn skills and retain knowledge through online and offline e-learning as well as — or better than — they can through traditional teaching methods.

The researchers suggested that e-learning would be most effective when accompanied by traditional teaching so that students can further acquire practical skills (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 1/12).

Lead researcher Josip Car said that increasing the use of e-learning methods could increase access to education in developing countries, where there is a high need for health care workers. However, he noted some barriers, such as access to computers and Internet connections.

Still, Car said, “Universities should encourage the development of e-learning curricula and use online resources to reach out to students internationally” (Wong, Imperial College London release, 1/12).

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