Citation: Scott KM, Baur L, Barrett J. Evidence-based principles for using Technology-Enhanced Learning in the continuing professional development of health professionals. J Continuing Education in the Health Professions 2017; 37:61-66
Increasingly, health professional training involves the use of educational technologies through what is broadly termed “Technology-Enhanced Learning” (TEL). TEL includes hardware, such as computers and mobile devices, and software, such as software applications (apps), learning management systems, and discussion boards. For many years, TEL has formed an integral part of health professional programs and is growing in acceptance, if not expectation, in postgraduate training and continuing education. TEL generally aims to be flexible, engaging, learner focused and interactive, and may involve collaboration and communication. It offers many benefits for learning and teaching, whether used on its own or in conjunction with face-to-face teaching through blended learning. The ubiquity of mobile devices in clinical settings means TEL is ideal for busy clinicians, both as learners and teachers. TEL enables participants to learn at a time and place that is convenient to them, so learners living in geographically dispersed locations can access standardized courses. To realize these potential benefits, we recommend that those developing TEL programs for health professionals take a systematic approach to planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. To that end, we propose 10 principles: clarify purpose and conduct a needs assessment; allocate adequate time and technology; incorporate proven approaches to improve learning; consider the need for a skills component; enable interaction between learners and with others; create different resources for different groups; pilot before implementing; incorporate measures to retain learners; provide opportunities for revision to aid retention; and evaluate learning outcomes, not just satisfaction.
About The Authors
Associate Professor Karen Scott is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She works as an educ...
Louise Baur is Professor and Head of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney and Hea...