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Evidence of Mobile Apps in ORL targeted at patients

EditorialOtorhinolaryngology
Andersen SA, Hsueh WD
Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2020 Aug 13:3489420951113 [Epub ahead of print]
Publication year: 2020

Developing a national e-learning course in Otorhinolaryngology: the Danish experience

ArticleE-learningLearning toolsOtorhinolaryngology
Fagö-Olsen H, Lynggaard CD, Aanæs K, Cayé-Thomasen P, Andersen SA.
Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Jun;277(6):1829-1836.
Publication year: 2020

PURPOSE: E-learning provides a flexible and effective approach to learning and is increasingly used in otorhinolaryngology (ORL). We developed a national theoretical e-learning course for ORL trainees and describe our experiences with implementation as well as piloting the e-learning course.
METHODS: E-learning course content was developed as structured multiple-choice quizzes for the European core curriculum textbook. An open source learning management system was adapted for a self-paced e-learning course. We piloted the e-learning course as a non-mandatory option for the 15 residents participating in the Danish four-day national training course in rhinology in February 2019. A post-course survey was sent out to the participants and used in the evaluation along with activity data from the learning management system.
RESULTS: Fourteen out of 15 trainees participated in the e-learning course. Nine participants completed >95 % of the course. The activity data demonstrated that participants with the highest completion rate typically began well in advance of the course (>2 months). Overall the e-learning course was rated positively in relation to learning and as preparation for the national training course. Participants responded that the level of the e-learning course was higher than and also at times in slight incongruity with the content of the national curriculum. Participants would like protected study time for e-learning activities in their residency program. All participants responded that they would use e-learning in relation to future national training courses.
CONCLUSIONS: Developing a national e-learning course is feasible and is well-received by trainees as well as other educational stakeholders.