The provision of education and training for healthcare professionals through the medium of the internet

ARMITT, G., BEER, Martin, BRUGGEN, J. van, DANIELS, R., GHYSELEN, L., GREEN, S., SANDQUIST, J. and SIXSMITH, A. (2002). The provision of education and training for healthcare professionals through the medium of the internet. Campus-wide information systems, 19 (4), 135-144.


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This paper describes a new initiative to provide Internet based courses to student and professional occupational therapists in four centres in the UK, Belgium the Netherlands and Sweden. The basis of this collaborative Occupational Therapy Internet School (OTIS) is the concept of the “Virtual College”. This comprises the design and implementation of a sophisticated Internet-based system through which courses can be managed, prepared and delivered online in an effective fashion, and where students can communicate both with the staff and their peers. The aim is to support and facilitate the whole range of educational activities within a remote electronic environment. A major feature of the course organisation is the adoption of a problem-based approach in which students will collaborate internationally to propose effective intervention in given case study scenarios.

The paper outlines the rationale for OTIS, the content and structure of the courseware, the technical specification of the system and evaluation criteria. In addition to the more conventional web-based learning facilities generally offered, a number of agent-based approaches are being adopted to assist in the management of the course by ensuring the proper delivery of course materials and to assist the functioning of project groups.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem Based Learning, Distance Education, Continuous Professional Development, Occupational Therapy
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
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Page Range: 135-144
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 13:50

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