Planning for Higher Education Journal

Integrating E-Learning to Improve Learning Outcomes

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From Volume 42 Number 4 | July–September 2014
By Anne Davies

Learning happens best when students are engaged with the topic and productive participation is at its highest. The challenge in education is how to reach students at each level of development to increase motivation and intention. Instruction must be culturally responsive to support the achievement of a diverse population using a framework that meets the appropriate level of learning for each student in the affective, cognitive, and psychomotor domains in order to inspire creativity and innovation. In teaching in the medical field, the faculty is faced with the same challenges, since the theories taught in medical education are difficult for students to grasp. There are fewer designated methods for medical education than for general education, leading many educators to fall back on standard lectures. However, traditional lecture materials and class-time methods fail to meet the learning needs of all students. A proven way for teachers to engage students and improve learning outcomes is through the relevant use of e-learning and Web 2.0 tools in teaching. The literature supports the case for integrating e-learning and Web 2.0 technologies into medical education to improve learning outcomes.

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