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Rural Remote Health. 2005 Apr-Jun;5(2):356. Epub 2005 Jun 22.

Teaching by videoconference: a commentary on best practice for rural education in health professions.

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Department of Rural Health, Northern Rivers University, Lismore, NSW, Australia. hudsonb@med.usyd.edu.au

Abstract

This article offers a primer on how to get started in videoconferencing, focusing on practical approaches to technical and protocol issues. The technical capabilities of videoconferencing systems, linked with initiatives supporting greater rural access to broadband, means videoconferencing is expanding rapidly as a health education tool. Forethought allows the purchase of the most appropriate equipment, reducing costs overall and increasing the functionality of the system. Adherence to simple matters, including etiquette, ensures the experience is enjoyable as well as educational. Consideration should be given to the role of videoconferencing in expanding the social as well as academic opportunities for rural clinicians and students. Videoconferencing is a useful adjunct to traditional educational delivery modes, and can enable quality education opportunities that would be prohibitive due to time, travel, and cost constraints.

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