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GMS Z Med Ausbild. 2011;28(3):Doc43. doi: 10.3205/zma000755. Epub 2011 Aug 8.

Web-based training in German university eye hospitals - Education 2.0?

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  • 1Centre for Ophthalmic Surgery, Fulda, Germany. dhandzel@augenaerzte-fulda.de

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To analyse web-based training in ophthalmology offered by German university eye hospitals.

METHODS:

In January 2010 the websites of all 36 German university hospitals were searched for information provided for visitors, students and doctors alike. We evaluated the offer in terms of quantity and quality.

RESULTS:

All websites could be accessed at the time of the study. 28 pages provided information for students and doctors, one page only for students, three exclusively for doctors. Four pages didn't offer any information for these target groups. The websites offered information on events like congresses or students curricular education, there were also material for download for these events or for other purposes. We found complex e-learning-platforms on 9 pages. These dealt with special ophthalmological topics in a didactic arrangement. In spite of the extensive possibilities offered by the technology of Web 2.0, many conceivable tools were only rarely made available. It was not always possible to determine if the information provided was up-to-date, very often the last actualization of the content was long ago. On one page the date for the last change was stated as 2004.

CONCLUSION:

Currently there are 9 functional e-learning-applications offered by German university eye hospitals. Two additional hospitals present links to a project of the German Ophthalmological Society. There was a considerable variation in quantity and quality. No website made use of crediting successful studying, e.g. with CME-points or OSCE-credits. All German university eye hospitals present themselves in the World Wide Web. However, the lack of modern, technical as well as didactical state-of-the-art learning applications is alarming as it leaves an essential medium of today's communication unused.

KEYWORDS:

Internet; Ophthalmology; WBT; Web-based Training; e-Learning; world wide web

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PMCID:
PMC3159203
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