Ten-Year Experience of a Global and Freely Accessible e-Learning Website for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

Sze May Ng, Evangelia Kalaitzoglou, Agustini Utari, Conny Van Wijngaard-De Vugt, Malcolm Donaldson, Joseph I. Wolfsdorf, Annemieke M. Boot, Stenvert Drop

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Abstract

The European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) interactive website, https://www.espe-elearning.org, was first published online in 2012. We describe the various applications of the content of the e-learning website that has been greatly expanded over the last 10 years. A large module on pediatric diabetes was added with the support of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD). A separate multilingual module was created that focuses on frontline health care providers in limited resource settings. This module has been well received, particularly in targeted parts of the world. e-Learning may also be an opportunity to expand or tailor educational activities for learners according to their differing learning needs. The e-learning website provides guidelines for those interested in general pediatrics, neonatology, clinical genetics, and pediatric gynecology. We also describe various new applications such as master classes in the format of interactive video lectures and joint and complementary e-learning/e-consultation webinars. Finally, international certification was recently realized as e-learning courses were recognized by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). As a result of the social distancing measures introduced to control the COVID-19 pandemic, digital education, whether individual or in a virtual classroom setting, has become even more important since e-learning can connect and engage individuals across geographic boundaries as well as those who live in remote areas. The future of education delivery may include hybrid learning strategies, which include in-person and e-learning platforms. Combined e-learning and e-consultation webinars illustrate how international academic institutions, learned medical specialty societies and networks are uniquely placed to deliver balanced, disease-oriented, and patient-centered e-learning education and at the same time provide expert consultation. Moreover, they are well equipped to maintain professional standards and to offer appropriate accreditation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-375
Number of pages10
JournalHormone Research in Paediatrics
Volume96
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2023

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Keywords

  • Blended learning
  • Continuous medical education
  • E-Learning
  • e-Consultation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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