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Distance Learning and Education

Distance learning at high schools in Alaska, California, and Hawaii, and at a professional meeting.
Project information

LHNCBC is no longer conducting active research on this project. Information is presented here for historical purposes.

Distance Learning and Education research is investigating how advanced communications technologies can be used to improve biomedical education. These technologies are of two types:

  • Asynchronous technologies include video-on-demand and multimedia delivered over the Internet to effectively deliver learning resources.
  • Synchronous technologies include videoconferencing and tools for sharing applications and information in real time, and simulcasting videoconferences to wider audiences to approximate in-person learning environments.

The research also addresses how to combine and integrate these two types of technologies in order to extend learning time and to maximize the benefits of each.

In this research, current, state-of-the-art, and off-the-shelf technologies are configured and evaluated in OHPCC’s Collaboratory (Collab), then incorporated into NLM distance learning programs and educational research.

Locatis CN, Gaines C, Liu WL, Gill MJ, Ackerman MJ. Lessons learned from ten years of distance learning outreach. J Med Libr Assoc. 2015 Apr;103(2):78-82. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.103.2.004.
Locatis CN, Conde JG, Bhagwat MA. A Hands-on Distance Learning Strategy to Increase Access to Bioinformatics Training [Poster]. Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI): 13th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities; 2012 Dec 9-13; San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Locatis CN, Berner ES, Hammack G, Smith S, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. Communication and proximity effects on outcomes attributable to sense of presence in distance bioinformatics education. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Mar 14;11:10. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-11-10.
Locatis C, Berner ES, Hammack G, Smith S, Maisiak R, Ackerman MJ. An exploratory study of co-location as a factor in synchronous, collaborative medical informatics distance education. BMC Res Notes. 2010 Feb 2;3:30. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-3-30.
Locatis C, Gaines C, Liu W, Gill MJ. Extending a Blended Education Programme to Native American High School Students in Alaska. J Vis Commun Med. 2009 Jan;32(1):8-13.
Bernal AB, Tolentino PA, Gavino AI, Fontelo P, Marcelo AB. Nursing informatics: challenges to Philippine nursing curriculum. AMIA Annu Symp Proc; 2008 Nov 8-12; Washington DC. p. 876.
Sneiderman C, Fontelo P, Ackerman MJ. XO Computer Application to Medical Science Education. J International Assoc of Medical Science Educators: Special Issue Poster Abstracts of the 12th IAMSE Annual Meeting (2008 Jul 25-29; Salt Lake City);18(supplement 2):100.
Locatis CN, Berner E, Matthews P, Hammack G, Smith S, Maisiak R. Is Student Collocation a Factor in Synchronous Distance Education? International Assoc of Medical Science Educators Annual Meeting; 2008 Jul 25-29; Salt Lake City.
Locatis C, Vega A, Bhagwat M, Liu W, Conde J. A Virtual Computer Lab for Distance Biomedical Technology Education. BMC Med Educ. 2008 Mar 13;8:12. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-8-12.
Locatis C. Performance, Instruction, and Technology in Health Care Education. Chapter 20 in: Reiser RA, Dempsey JV, editors. Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Merrill/Prentice Hall; 2007 (second edition). p. 197-208.