Effective e-learning for health professionals and students: barriers and their solutions: a systematic review of the literature-findings from the HeXL Project

Childs, Sue, Blenkinsopp, Elizabeth, Hall, Amanda and Walton, Graham (2005) Effective e-learning for health professionals and students: barriers and their solutions: a systematic review of the literature-findings from the HeXL Project. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 22 (s2). pp. 20-32. ISSN 1471-1842

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-3327.2005.00614.x

Abstract

Introduction: In 2003/4 the Information Management Research Institute, Northumbria University, conducted a research project to identify the barriers to e-learning for health professionals and students. The project also established possible ways to overcome these barriers. The North of England Workforce Development Confederation funded the project.
Methodology: The project comprised a systematic review of the literature on barriers to and solutions/critical success factors for e-learning in the health field. Fifty-seven references were suitable for analysis. This review was supplemented by a questionnaire survey of learners and an interview study of learning providers to ensure that data identified from the literature were grounded in reality. Results: The main barriers are: requirement for change; costs; poorly designed packages; inadequate technology; lack of skills; need for a component of face-to-face teaching; time intensive nature of e-learning; computer anxiety. A range of solutions can solve these barriers.
The main solutions are: standardization; strategies; funding; integration of e-learning into the curriculum; blended teaching; user friendly packages; access to technology; skills training; support; employers paying e-learning costs; dedicated work time for e-learning. Conclusions: The authors argue that librarians can play an important role in e-learning: providing support and support materials; teaching information skills; managing and providing access to online information resources; producing their own elearning packages; assisting in the development of other packages.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Output from project funded by Northern England Workforce Development Confederation. Invited papers at: “A Learning & Sharing Event on e-learning”, CHAIN, Leeds, 22-23 March 2005; Northumberland Tyne & Wear Strategic Health Authority and NHSU, “Enabling Effective E-learning Workshop”, Newcastle, 24 September 2004. Top 20 article in HILJ for 2006
Uncontrolled Keywords: information, literacy,students, medical, personnel
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Healthcare
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 07 May 2008 14:24
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3035

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