Table 1

Five questions for developers and prospective learners to ask of an Internet-based course

Technology acceptance


1.

How useful will the prospective learners perceive the Internet technology to be?

For example, in any particular context and compared to what is currently available to them, to what extent will this technology

a. Increase their access to learning?

b. Provide consistent, high-quality content?

c. Be a convenient format in which to receive their education?

d. Save them money?

e. Save them time?

f. Link to course assessment?

2.

How easy will the prospective learners find this technology to use?

3.

How well does this format fit in with what learners are used to and expect?

Achieving interactive dialogue

4.

How will high-quality human-human (learner-tutor and learner-learner) interaction and feedback be achieved? For example what use will be made of

a. Structured virtual seminars?

b. Email, bulletin boards?

c. Real-time chat?

d. Supplementary media e.g. video, audio, phone calls, videoconferencing?

e. Course assessment and feedback on performance?

5.

How will high-quality human-technical interaction and feedback be achieved? For example what use will be made of

f. Questions with automated feedback?

g. Simulations?


Wong et al. BMC Medical Education 2010 10:12   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-12

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