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Lessons learned from ten years of distance learning outreach.

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Locatis CN, Gaines C, Liu WL, Gill MJ, Ackerman MJ
J Med Libr Assoc. 2015 Apr;103(2):78-82. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.103.2.004.
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE

The study tested the efficacy of providing distance learning with real-time videoconferencing to broaden high school student knowledge of health careers.

METHODS

A pilot program was tried out and extended over ten years to include other schools in four different time zones and the National Library of Medicine. Survey results, site visits, and continued school participation were used as effectiveness indicators. Student ratings, site visits, and ongoing discussions were used to evaluate critical factors in the program.

RESULTS

Nine program factors contributed to success.

CONCLUSIONS

Synchronous communication can be effective for outreach to special populations given appropriate infrastructure, technology, program design, and implementation.

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.