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Int J Med Inform. 2003 Jan;69(1):57-62.

International distance-learning outreach: the APEC EINet experience.

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Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. akimball@u.washington.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Emerging Infections Network is a mature electronic network that links Public Health professionals in the Asia Pacific through regular e-mail bulletins and an extensive Web site (http://www.apec.org/infectious). Emerging infections is a new area of study; learning materials help foster education. Our objective is to quantify the response of the network to the introduction of distance-learning materials on the Web site.

METHODS:

Distance-learning materials, developed by the University of Washington School of Public Health, were field tested and launched on the site. Publicity was carried out prior to the launch of the materials. Access was tracked prospectively using server counts of page downloads.

RESULTS:

Web access increased substantially during the month after the materials were launched, especially among Asia based computers. The effect was isolated to the distance-learning pages, and not general to the site.

CONCLUSIONS:

This Web site appears to be responsive to the advertisement and to the materials. Prospective Web-site monitoring proved useful.

PMID:
12485704
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