1887
Volume 2016, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7094

Abstract

Today, e-learning is of strategic importance to teaching and learning in Emergency Medicine (EM). We adopted an interactive e-learning platform based on the open source software called MOODLEa using a blended learning strategy to assist the implementation of a dedicated faculty development program known as the EM consolidation program. This 12-month program was designed to meet the developmental needs of 20 EM specialists who qualified from different parts of the world. The program is delivered through an innovative blend of workplace and simulation-based assessments, educational portfolio and individualized training in selected clinical areas. The e-learning platform was used by the program participants to share learning resources, communicate, and coordinate various educational activities over the last 6 months.

We sought feedback from the participants through a MOODLE-based online questionnaire to evaluate their satisfaction, usage patterns and feedback of their e-learning experience.

Out of 20 participants, 90% ( = 18) completed the questionnaire. Two-thirds declared proficiency in computer skills and were enthusiastic about the technology. Their prior experience was related to certified courses rather than interactive forum-based e-learning. About their current experience with MOODLE, 86.7% of participants found it easy to use without any major technical problems. Most of them preferred to access the platform once or twice a week, with 20% accessing on a daily basis. Of the participants, 75% of them accessed MOODLE through their smartphones and 12.5 % through tablet devices. All areas of the e-learning course were found to be useful. The forum-based discussion area was highly rated. The overall learning material was perceived as appropriate and well designed. Among the participants, 62.50% liked the current methodology of blended learning, and 31.25% wished to replace traditional method with e-learning. Also 93.75% of the respondents stated that e-learning was time saving.

Learners involved in this e-learning initiative were overall satisfied by the current implementation of MOODLE and with a third of users preferring e-learning to traditional learning. The use of smartphones and tablet devices was widespread in this small study and hence we recommend support for these devices in implementing similar e-learning initiatives.

[1] Cook DA, Yvonne S. Online learning for faculty development: A review of the literature. . 2013;35(11):930–937.

a MOODLE – Modular Object Orientated Dynamic Learning Environment. http://moodle.org.

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