This session seeks to examine the changing role of e-learning when adopted by certain types of large organizations and departments. E-learning when created for modest groups of learners is often instructional with a clear learning outcome. If e-learning is up-scaled to a larger organization, often a greater range of e-learning types are required. is collaborating with to create a website with multiple e-learning features.
This collaboration is centred on using e-learning to meet the growing challenges of a modern emergency department; ever greater inter-professionalism and the need to update clinical practitioners with new methodologies at an ever increasing rate.
This up-scaling of Learning Technology naturally includes e-learning content in the form of Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs), Moodle integration, podcasting and access to educational resources but also requires the developer to be re-invented as content facilitator rather than content provider. One example of this change involves the re-purposing of RLOs which in the past were created by learning technologists. In this new scheme the learning technologist is developing RLOs and their associated tools so that teachers can create them without the need for technical input by the learning technologist, the technologist’s role therefore changes to tool creator and e-learning guide.
The data within a large scale site must be managed through a Content Management System which necessitates the need for all content to be created through templates. By using innovative activity rich templates, the developer is now able to make all users content authors and to adapt that methodology to a fully collaborative learning environment. In this process the e-learners become the content providers and vice versa, merging research and education in the most efficient way, to then merge with and improve clinical practise.
This highly collaborative approach to e-learning is geared towards the core drive of modern medicine which is patient-centred care through inter-professionalism.
Session content: evaluation and reflection
The session will be based upon the 18 month development of an interactive website. The website has been built using the content management system Drupal 8 and a large number of Drupal 8 modules which add additional features to the website.
The website is fully interactive and has enabled a department of educators and researcher the ability to publish their work directly onto the internet and interact directly with their students and colleagues. They are able to innovate rapidly with their teaching content and adapt it to their student’s needs almost instantly.
The website will be demonstrated during the presentation with new content added using a flexible templating system.
Participants will be able to view the website and experience it updating in real time. In addition participants will be able to apply the lessons of accessibility and responsive e-learning creation to their own professional work.
World Health Organisation (2013). Transforming and scaling up health professionals’ education and training, p.23. http://www.who.int/hrh/resources/transf_scaling_hpet/en/
Ruiz, Jorge G. MD; Mintzer, Michael J. MD; Leipzig, Rosanne M. MD, PhD (March 2006). The Impact of E-Learning in Medical Education, Volume 81 – Issue 3 – pp 207-212. http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2006/03000/The_Impact_of_E_Learning_in_Medical_Education.2.aspx
World Health Organisation (2010). Frameworks for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice.