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.
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
Vol. 88 Iss. 3 (2000)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/julie_garrison/2/