Three reasons why e-learning works in resource restricted settings

News | 8 July 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic shows the power and need of digitalization in many sectors. One of the sectors that made a quick digital shift is the educational sector. When looking at medical education, it becomes apparent that medical professionals are often already acquainted with this method of learning for their accreditation. But in resource restricted countries, e-learning for medical professionals is a fairly new approach compared to classroom training and might not seem to be the easiest teaching method due to the challenging environments. However, here are three reasons why e-learning is a highly suitable solution, even in the most resource limited areas:

1. No internet connection required

Remote areas with limited internet connectivity are often a barrier for people to start and complete an e-learning. When internet disappears, so do the e-learners. Luckily, nowadays, platforms often offer offline functionalities in their learning management systems. Allowing learners to follow a course offline. Test results are automatically synchronized once an internet connection is available, hence the participants’ progress can still be tracked by the e-learning facilitators.

2. Learning on different digital devices

Borrowing a laptop to do an e-learning or staying late at work to finish a particular e-module on a desktop, this is all in the past. E-courses can be developed to be used on different devices at the same time. Whether participants are waiting for public transport with their phone in their hand, or they use shared computers, with their personal account they can login on every device, either online or offline.

3. Blended learning to increase completion rates

E-learning has the reputation to result in lower completion rates than classroom learning. Therefore, a blended-learning method is proven successful whereas it combines e-learning with (practical)workshops to allow for interaction between participants and facilitators. Physically or digitally interacting with co-participants enhances group feelings and leads to higher completion rates.

With the COVID-19 pandemic increasingly affecting the southern hemisphere, it is crucial to keep healthcare workers educated and up to date with the latest knowledge, enabling them to offer quality care which saves lives. It is time to shift to e-learning!

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