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Recommendations on Computer Assisted learning

Final Report

Rapid advances in the computer technology and the internet have enabled changes in pedagogical techniques that benefit the transfer of knowledge.   A review of studies on computer based learning (CBL) has demonstrated that it is well entrenched in medical education.  Adding CBL to a course usually but not always, improves knowledge and sometimes improves skill.

  • Distance learning has developed into a useful tool to teach medical students and is commonly used in medical schools with multiple campuses.

  • Some core component parts of medical education requires skills and hands on experience that cannot be provided by distance learning.

  • Patient contact is irreplaceable.  Distance learning may help to a limited degree as a supplement.

  • A blend of distance learning along with the traditional methods is usually most efficacious.

  • Faculty oversight of students is essential for them to master a common foundation of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to include altruism, and response to duty..

  • It must be realized that to effectively evaluate this rapidly evolving pedagogical tool the accreditation process must be modified.

  • As the field of Computer Based Learning is developing rapidly an Advisory Council sub committee of medical educators should supplement the IAOMC’s standards, data base, and self study to determine the validity of any schools distance learning program.

  • Further, the evaluator should refer an applicant’s information concerning distance learning to this committee for their recommendations and to instruct the site visitors

This report was accepted by the Board by email vote 74 on 6/3/08


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