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Web-based distance continuing education: a new way of thinking for students and instructors

Julie A. Garrison, Grand Valley State University
Connie Schardt, Duke University Medical Center Library
Julia K. Kochi, University of California, San Francisco

Abstract

As people have more difficulty taking time away from work to attend conferences and workshops, the idea of offering courses via the Web has become more desirable. Addressing a need voiced by Medical Library Association membership, the authors developed a Web-based continuing-education course on the subject of the librarian's role in evidence-based medicine. The aim of the course was to provide medical librarians with a well-constructed, content-rich learning experience available to them at their convenience via the Web. This paper includes a discussion of the considerations that need to be taken into account when developing Web-based courses, the issues that arise when the information delivery changes from face-to-face to online, the changing role of the instructor, and the pros and cons of offering Web-based versus traditional courses. The results of the beta test and future plans for the course are also discussed.

Suggested Citation

Julie A. Garrison, Connie Schardt, and Julia K. Kochi. "Web-based distance continuing education: a new way of thinking for students and instructors" Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 88.3 (2000): 211-217.