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Evidence synthesis workshops: moving from face-to-face to online learning

McCaul, Michael, Durao, Solange, Kredo, Tamara, Garner, Paul ORCID:, Young, Taryn and Rohwer, Anke (2021) 'Evidence synthesis workshops: moving from face-to-face to online learning'. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, Vol 26, Issue 5, pp. 255-260.

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Postgraduate training is moving from face-to-face workshops or courses to online learning to help increase access to knowledge, expertise and skills, and save the cost of face-to-face training. However, moving from face-to-face to online learning for many of us academics is intimidating, and appears even more difficult without the help of a team of technologists. In this paper, we describe our approach, our experiences and the lessons we learnt from converting a Primer in Systematic Reviews face-to-face workshop to a 6-week online course designed for healthcare professionals in Africa. We learnt that the team needs a balance of skills and experience, including technical know-how and content knowledge; that the learning strategies needed to achieve the learning objectives must match the content delivery. The online approach should result in both building knowledge and developing skills, and include interactive and participatory approaches. Finally, the design and delivery needs to keep in mind the limited and expensive internet access in some resource-poor settings in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 1-28 Reference works
W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 83 Telemedicine (General)
W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 26.5 Informatics. Health informatics
W General Medicine. Health Professions > Professional practice > W88 Administrative work. Teaching. Research
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Christianne Esparza
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 11:11
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 14:45


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