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Effective e-learning for health professionals and students—barriers and their solutions. A systematic review of the literature—findings from the HeXL project

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posted on 28.02.2008, 17:06 authored by Sue Childs, Elizabeth Blenkinsopp, Amanda Hall, Graham Walton
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 faceto- 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 e-learning packages; assisting in the development of other packages.

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  • University Academic and Administrative Support

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  • University Library

Citation

CHILDS, S. ... et al, 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 (Suppl. 2), pp. 20-32

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© Blackwell Science Ltd., published on behalf of the Health Libraries Group and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

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2005

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This article is Restricted Access. It was published in the journal, Health information and libraries journal [© Blackwell Science Ltd.] and is available at: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/HIR

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1471-1834

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en

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