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Distance Learning and Education

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.

Publications/Tools: 
Locatis C. Why Media Matter. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 2007 Mar;20(1):9-22. DOI: 10.1111/j.1937-8327.2007.tb00428.x.
Locatis C, Gaines C, Liu W, Gill MJ, Carney J, Foster J, McCall V, Woods M. A Blended Training Approach Using Videoconferencing for Distance Education. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006 Oct;94(4):464-8.
Kim GR, Zambrowicz C, Zhang D, Fontelo P, Abbott PA. Promoting the Usability of Online AMIA Symposium Proceedings. AMIA Annu Symp Proc [Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium]; 2005 Oct 22-26; Washington DC. p. 1008.
Locatis CN. Instructional design and technology in healthcare. Chapter 17 in: Reiser RA, Dempsey JV, editors. Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall; 2002 Jan 1.
Locatis C. Educational Technology and Instructional Development in Health Care. In: Reiser RA, Dempsey JV, editors. Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Merrill/Prentice Hall; 2002 Jan 1. p. 225-38.
Fraser L, Locatis C. Effects of Link Annotations on Search Performance in Layered and Unlayered Hierarchically Organized Information Spaces. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 2001;52(14):1255-61.
Locatis C. Design Considerations for Multimedia Programs. Chapter 18 in: Medsker K, Holdsworth KM, editors. Models and Strategies for Training Design. Silver Spring, Maryland: International Society for Performance Improvement; 2001. p. 355-73.

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