Exploring three approaches to offer distance learning courses through a social network of health researchers in three African countries

Ingelbeen, Brecht and Aryeetey, Richmond and Khanna, Jitendra and Niang, Mahamoudane and Djientcheu, Vincent and Kiyan, Carlos and Maojo Garcia, Victor Manuel and Lynen, Lutgarde and Zolfo, María and Ramirez-Robles, Maximo (2014). Exploring three approaches to offer distance learning courses through a social network of health researchers in three African countries. In: "IST-Africa 2014 Conference", 06-09 May 2014, Le Meridien, Isla Mauricio. ISBN 978-1-905824-44-1. pp. 1-8.

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Title: Exploring three approaches to offer distance learning courses through a social network of health researchers in three African countries
Author/s:
  • Ingelbeen, Brecht
  • Aryeetey, Richmond
  • Khanna, Jitendra
  • Niang, Mahamoudane
  • Djientcheu, Vincent
  • Kiyan, Carlos
  • Maojo Garcia, Victor Manuel
  • Lynen, Lutgarde
  • Zolfo, María
  • Ramirez-Robles, Maximo
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: IST-Africa 2014 Conference
Event Dates: 06-09 May 2014
Event Location: Le Meridien, Isla Mauricio
Title of Book: 2014 IST-Africa Conference & Exhibition
Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-905824-44-1
Volume: 1
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Distance learning courses; Evidence-based medicine; HIV/AIDS research; Reproductive health research; Low-resource settings
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Inteligencia Artificial
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp hereby presents the results of two pilot distance learning training programmes, developed under the umbrella of the AFRICA BUILD project (FP7). The two courses focused on evidence-based medicine (EBM): with the aim of enhancing research and education, via novel approaches and to identify research needs emanating from the field. These pilot experiences, which were run both in English-speaking (Ghana), and French-speaking (Mali and Cameroon) partner institutions, produced targeted courses for the strengthening of research methodology and policy. The courses and related study materials are in the public domain and available through the AFRICA BUILD Portal (http://www.africabuild.eu/taxonomy/term/37); the training modules were delivered live via Dudal webcasts. This paper assesses the success and difficulties of transferring EBM skills with these two specific training programmes, offered through three different approaches: fully online facultative courses, fully online tutor supported courses or through a blended approach with both online and face-to-face sessions. Key factors affecting the selection of participants, the accessibility of the courses, how the learning resources are offered, and how interactive online communities are formed, are evaluated and discussed.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
FP7266474AFRICA BUILDUnspecifiedAFRICA BUILD Coordination Action

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Item ID: 37162
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/37162/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:37162
Official URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6880591
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 16 Mar 2016 12:25
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 11:21
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