E-learning as effective as traditional teaching for health professionals

January 13, 2015

A World Health Organization (WHO)-commissioned study has found that e-learning is likely to be as effective as traditional delivery methods when it comes to training doctors and nurses. The research, carried out by researchers at Imperial College London, involved a meta-analysis of scientific literature around the effectiveness of e-learning for undergraduate health education, and included separate analyses of online and offline e-learning. Researchers found that students acquired knowledge and skills as well or better using online and offline e-learning as they did through traditional teaching. The WHO commissioned the report in part to see if e-learning could be used to address a global shortage of healthcare professionals. Imperial College News Release