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To sum up

e-Learning provides huge opportunities and potential benefits for both learners and teachers, enabling access to vast resources and facilitating communication when face-to-face learning is difficult. However, it is vital to maintain the main focus on improving learning and teaching whilst acknowledging that new technologies can enhance the learner experience.

 

  • e-learning is now part of mainstream education for all health professions
  • the primary reasons for introducing e-learning must be concerned with meeting learners’ needs and facilitating the educational process, not simply seizing on technological innovation
  • we must not assume that learners are familiar with e-learning tools, but provide support for access and use
  • opportunities for enhancing learning through e-learning include access to a wide range of resources and information and facilitating communication
  • challenges for teachers include working with new systems and processes as well as finding time for developing and maintaining e-learning resources
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