CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research

MEDICAL EDUCATION
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61--62

Developing a framework for the integration of E-learning with the existing medical curriculum


Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava1, Prateek Saurabh Shrivastava2,  
1 Vice-Principal Curriculum, Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) - Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu - 603 108
India




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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Developing a framework for the integration of E-learning with the existing medical curriculum.CHRISMED J Health Res 2020;7:61-62


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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Developing a framework for the integration of E-learning with the existing medical curriculum. CHRISMED J Health Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 9 ];7:61-62
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 Introduction



E-learning has been associated with multiple benefits, and incorporation of the same in the field of medical education has been identified as one of the crucial factors to ensure that the budding medical students inculcate the practice of self-directed learning and become a lifelong learner.[1],[2] E-learning plays a crucial role in empowering the medical students to practice evidence-based medicine in their respective specialty fields.[1] At the same time, it emphasizes that all medical students are adult learners, and they should be given adequate opportunity to learn at their own pace and not necessarily in the class.[1]

 Designing a Framework for E-Learning



Acknowledging these facts, it is quite essential to formulate a framework to ensure the integration of e-learning into the existing teaching curriculum [Figure 1].[1] The first and the foremost thing will be to frame the intended goals of e-learning, which is to help the students in the acquisition of the desired skills that cannot be covered through the routine teaching–learning methods.[1],[2],[3] In addition, it will help the students to develop other skills (viz., research, problem solving, and networking), which may not be the core ones, but will be of definite utility to the students.[1] Further, considering the problem that not all the students get an opportunity to see all types of patients, e-learning is a beautiful platform to negate the problem (such as through simulations or development of communication skills).[2]{Figure 1}

The next thing will be to decide whether it will be good to opt for blended learning or pure e-learning and what level of cognitive domain we are targeting to teach as per the Bloom's Taxonomy and subsequently assess the same.[1] Another important issue is to bring both the faculty members and students on board with this initiative and sensitize them about the associated merits.[1] The decision has to be taken about the software or applications, which will be used in enhancing the e-learning.[3] Moreover, a call has to be made about in what all ways e-learning can be used to aid in the process of assessment.[1],[3]

 Use of E-Learning



E-learning can be employed while implementing problem-oriented learning or case-based learning or simulation sessions, etc., and it will aid in the optimal integration of teaching methods with the technology.[3],[4] E-learning materials suited for each of the required competencies can be integrated into the education of students and residents, replacing lectures and other synchronous methods of instruction.[3],[4],[5] The other applications could be the use of flipped classroom, in which different resource materials could be shared with the students well in advance and then the students come prepared for the class.[4]

In addition, acknowledging the ubiquitous presence of smartphones recently, students can be sensitized about the useful apps which can enhance their learning.[3] Further, learning management systems can be established, and both students and faculty can be given an access to the same to read all the shared information.[4] In fact, the same platform can be used for assessment as well.[1],[2],[3],[4] Finally, e-learning can be even used in patient care through telemedicine and in mentoring through the maintenance of e-portfolios by the students.

 Conclusion



In conclusion, there is a need to develop a comprehensive framework to ensure that e-learning can be integrated within the traditional curriculum for the benefit of medical students.

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Conflicts of interest

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