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J Am Diet Assoc. 2000 Oct;100(10):1191-4.

Improving dietetics education with interactive communication technology.

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  • 1Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames 50011-1120, USA.


Changes occurring in health care, education, and technology are altering dietetics education. A model of learnercentered, cooperative, distance education based on interactive online technology is described for use in a dietetic internship. Evaluation of this model includes review of key-feature exams, results of computer attitudes surveys, use of the technology by interns, exit interviews, and performance on the examination for registered dietitians. In a pilot study of the model with 8 subjects, comfort using the Internet improved significantly. Use of interactive communication technology in dietetics education has the potential to improve competency, technological aptitude, professional partnering skills, and lifelong learning skills.

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