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eLearning in Clinical Teaching



Health professions teachers work with diverse groups of learners who are increasingly familiar with engaging with online environments for most day-to-day activities. e-Learning provides huge opportunities for facilitating learning, supporting teaching and facilitating communication, particularly when learners are dispersed across sites. However, to be effective, implementing e-learning must be grounded within sound educational approaches.


This module explores the role and potential for introducing a range of technologies in health professions education, set within the context of a framework of principles for good teaching practice. It looks at how teachers might select and implement technologies appropriately when planning teaching sessions, writing learning objectives and designing learning activities and assessments.


Before you start


Before you start the module, we recommend that you spend a few minutes thinking about the following points and noting down some of your thoughts. If you are registered on the site, you can do this in the ‘reflections area’. Select the ‘my area’ link at the top of the page to access your personal pages. Please note that you must be logged in to do this. Please also note that you will need to contribute to the ‘reflections area’ in order to complete and print out your certificate.

Thinking points:

How have you used e-learning activities:

(a) as a teacher?

(b) as a learner?

From your experience, what types of e-learning activities are the most useful in facilitating learning and engaging learners?

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