DIDACTIC AND TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN DEVELOPING E-LEARNING FOR CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

E. te Pas1, M. Wierings-de Waard1, B. Snijders-Blok1, H. Pouw2, N. van Dijk1

1Academic Medical Center (NETHERLANDS)
2Health Center “Op maat” (NETHERLANDS)
We developed a blended learning program on evidence-based medicine for general practice trainers. In this presentation we will describe several usability issues encountered during the design of an e-learning module for postgraduate education. The stepwise development will be described, with an emphasis on the choices available and made in the course of this process. A first important step was on the educational principles to apply, that is, which learning theory, instructional design and other theories should influence our design. Also, choices related to the design of the e-course, namely whether to use hypermedia and/or multimedia, and what screen design and which font to use were made. We will briefly mention the important issues in designing an e-course, the evidence underlying these issues, and provide an impression of the complexity of designing high quality e-learning for postgraduate education.