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Hippokratia. 2008 Aug;12 Suppl 1:15-22.

An e-learning platform for aerospace medicine.

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Lab of Medical Informatics, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. bamidis@med.auth.gr

Abstract

The appeal of online education and distance learning as an educational alternative is ever increasing. To support and accommodate the over-specialized knowledge available by different experts, information technology can be employed to develop virtual distributed pools of autonomous specialized educational modules and provide the mechanisms for retrieving and sharing them. New educational standards such as SCORM and Healthcare LOM enhance this process of sharing by offering qualities like interoperability, accessibility, and reusability, so that learning material remains credible, up-to-date and tracks changes and developments of medical techniques and standards through time. Given that only a few e-learning courses exist in aerospace medicine the material of which may be exchanged among teachers, the aim of this paper is to illustrate the procedure of creating a SCORM compliant course that incorporates notions of recent advances in social web technologies. The course is in accordance with main educational and technological details and is specific to pulmonary disorders in aerospace medicine. As new educational trends place much emphasis in continuing medical education, the expansion of a general practitioner's knowledge in topics such as aviation and aerospace pulmonary disorders for crew and passengers becomes a societal requirement.

KEYWORDS:

CPD; Continuing Medical Education; Healthcare LOM; IEEE LOM; SCORM; aerospace medicine; aviation medicine; online education; pulmonary disorders

PMID:
19048088
PMCID:
PMC2577394

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