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Title: Design considerations for delivering e-learning to surgical trainees
Authors: Coughlan, J
Brinkman, W-P
Keywords: E-health;Internet;Multimedia;Surgery;Training;Web-based learning
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: IGI Global
Citation: International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications, 2(2), 14 - 23, 2011
Abstract: Challenges remain in leveraging e-health technologies for continuous medical education/professional development. This study examines the interface design and learning process features related to the use of multimedia in providing effective support for the knowledge and practice of surgical skills. Twenty-one surgical trainees evaluated surgical content on a CD-ROM format based on 14 interface design and 11 learning process features using a questionnaire adapted from an established tool created to assess educational multimedia. Significant Spearman’s correlations were found for seven of the 14 interface design features – ‘Navigation’, ‘Learning demands’, ‘Videos’, ‘Media integration’, ‘Level of material’, ‘Information presentation’ and ‘Overall functionality’, explaining ratings of the learning process. The interplay of interface design and learning process features of educational multimedia highlight key design considerations in e-learning. An understanding of these features is relevant to the delivery of surgical training, reflecting the current state of the art in transferring static CD-ROM content to the dynamic web or creating CD/web hybrid models of education.
Description: Copyright © 2011, IGI Global. Distributed with permission.
ISSN: 1947-315X
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