Center of excellent of E-learning at Hanoi medical university (12-04-2008)
This is one unit under program for Development in the Medical Faculties centers of excellence for human resources for health university based centers to act as resource and transefer points for development across the health sector in Vietnam

Technology has developed so rapidly in the past decades that educational institutions are offered a wide range of innovative approaches to training and teaching, but are finding it difficult to keep up with the speed of advancements. At the same time, the health system faces new challenges, in Vietnam partly due to development and economic changes that have resulted in new patterns of disease as well as changes in the health services. Information technology is already established as a key factor in new developments in medicine, from medical technology to sharing of information and to a wide range of teaching methodologies.

 

Research on medicine and health and related fields such as sociology and anthropology is producing new information at a high rate, especially with the pressure of new and emerging diseases such as HIV, SARS and others. Information science and technology is needed to bring the new information to the health care providers and practitioners who need to use it to improve the quality of health care. The traditional means of sharing information, through books, papers, lecture notes, etc are still useful but often cannot reach the number of people who need them, fast enough.

For medical education, this situation creates new opportunities for students but at the same time, creates challenges for teachers and universities. One of the new challenges is for teachers to assist and stimulate students to learn by themselves, and to continue into life-long learning to cope with the continuing need to update their knowledge and skills. Information technology as a means to update and improve both teaching and learning is an important part of education today.

Medical informatics is the inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary field between medicine and information technology. In recent years, the term “E-Learning” has become popular to cover a range of technologies based on electronic systems that are applied to teaching and learning processes. E-Learning is the application of information technology aimed at making the educational process easier, more widely accessible and more efficient. E-Learning is suitable for any learners, at any ages and anywhere that connectivity permits, not only for students at the university but also for practicing doctors in the field who need to consult higher levels for technical advice and for continuing education. E-Learning is a combination of various means, methods and skills of information technology for education and may focus on texts, sounds, images, simulation, games, movies, e-mail, debates, or virtual reality situations. Big advantages are the flexibility of time, location and learning methods.

There is still a need, however, to link all of these modern potentially very useful methods to the existing communication methods in medical education. Teachers need to be trained to develop appropriate materials for this kind of teaching: exercises, classes presented by teachers, interactive self-study courses or modules and on-line self-assessment or assessment tests. The revolution of E-learning has started; it forces us to rethink where to learn and how to learn? We need to reconsider previous principles on teaching and learning objectives and the appropriate methods to achieve them. E-learning is already popular in many countries.

As the medical schools move more and more toward student-centered learning, e-learning can help, since it makes learners take the initiative to start and to continue learning. E-learning is also significant for learners in remote areas who could avoid wasting their time and money to travel often to centers of learning or to leave their jobs for a number of years in order to earn a higher degree. There are established systems such as the Learning Management System (LMS) to help learners and teachers monitor their study progress.

Hanoi Medical University has started to invest in constructing and improving the information management related to the under- and postgraduate medical education it offers. It has upgraded its library system and LAN with an Internet lead line of 512K. HMU is working to equip all of its departments with computers, now an average of 1 or 2 computers for each department. Many teachers also have their own computers in the office or at home. In addition, the university has other separate teaching rooms established by individual projects and faculties, which provide computer and Internet access to students in their courses.

Applying modern technology of the telecommunication and the information technology is absolutely necessary to improve the effects of medical teaching and health network in Hanoi Medical University in particular and Vietnam in general. E-learning would be effective for students and learners to keep up with advances in medical knowledge and practice and provide support for remote learners who need the high level of medical expertise available at HMU.

The E-learning CoE would work closely with all of the other CoEs at Hanoi Medical University, as well as with the CoE in the other universities and especially the CoE on E-learning for Health to be established in the Learning Resources Center at Hue University. In future, its products and training programs could also be provided to other training and research institutions as their capacity and facilities develop and their need for e-learning grows.

 

More information, please contact:

Mrs Le Thi Ngoc Anh- Coodinator of CoE E-learning

Room 317 Buiding A1 - Hanoi Medical University

01 Ton That Tung - Đonga- Hanoi - Vietnam

Tel:84.4.8523798

Fax: 84.4.8525115

lengocanh@hmu.edu.vn

 

 

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