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Sunday, November 20, 2005

A strategic approach to developing e-learning capability for heathcare

A strategic approach to developing e-learning capability for heathcare

This interesting article by Angie Clarke, Dina Lewis, Ian Colet & Liz Ringrose, published in the current edition of Health Information & Libraries Journal, (Vol 22, Issue s2, pp. 33-41) examines a strategic approach to developing e-learning capability to enhance learning opportunities for the workforce of a healthcare organization. Emphasis is given to the procurement of a bespoke Managed Learning Environment (MLE).

The process undertaken in the North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (NEYNL) Workforce Development Consortium (WDC) during a 2-year implementation is described and evaluated.

The authors conclude that "the healthcare MLE is offering enhanced learning opportunities and assisting area healthcare providers in training their dispersed workforces. Blended learning strategies are most successful. The need for protected time for e-learning is a key issue, financial savings are available. Progress has been slowed by identified organizational constraints—the MLE's benefits are widely recognized".

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