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Developing a national e-learning course in otorhinolaryngology: the Danish experience

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PURPOSE: E-learning provides a flexible and effective approach to learning and is increasingly used in otorhinolaryngology (ORL). We developed a national theoretical e-learning course for ORL trainees and describe our experiences with implementation as well as piloting the e-learning course.

METHODS: E-learning course content was developed as structured multiple choice quizzes for the European core curriculum textbook. An open-source learning management system was adapted for a self-paced e-learning course. We piloted the e-learning course as a non-mandatory option for the 15 residents participating in the Danish 4-day national training course in rhinology in February 2019. A post-course survey was sent out to the participants and used in the evaluation along with activity data from the learning management system.

RESULTS: Fourteen out of 15 trainees participated in the e-learning course. Nine participants completed > 95% of the course. The activity data demonstrated that participants with the highest completion rate typically began well in advance of the course (> 2 months). Overall the e-learning course was rated positively in relation to learning and as preparation for the national training course. Participants responded that the level of the e-learning course was higher than and also at times in slight incongruity with the content of the national curriculum. Participants would like protected study time for e-learning activities in their residency program. All participants responded that they would use e-learning in relation to future national training courses.

CONCLUSIONS: Developing a national e-learning course is feasible and is well-received by trainees as well as other educational stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1829-1836
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

    Research areas

  • Course design, E-learning, Implementation strategy, National training curriculum, Otorhinolaryngology

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