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Mr Lewis on the Web – how to convert learning resources for Intranet technology

Authors

  • Martin Dugas,

    1. University of Munich, Department of Medical Informatics (IBE, Chairman Prof. Dr K. Überla), Marchioninistr. 15, D-81377 Munich, Germany,
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  • Marc M. Batschkus,

    1. University of Munich, Department of Medical Informatics (IBE, Chairman Prof. Dr K. Überla), Marchioninistr. 15, D-81377 Munich, Germany,
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  • Harold C. Lyon

    1. University of Munich, Department of Medical Informatics (IBE, Chairman Prof. Dr K. Überla), Marchioninistr. 15, D-81377 Munich, Germany,
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M. Dugas University of Munich, IBE, Marchioninistr. 15, D-81377 Munich, Germany.

Abstract

Objectives

Intranet technology is the application of Internet tools in local networks. Due to the diversification of hardware and the need for international cooperation, cross-platform systems with network access are required for computer-based training (CBT). The latest advances in Web technology make it feasible to have interactive CBT on the Web: Web-based training (WBT). It is possible to convert existing interactive learning programs to Intranet technology. This approach combines the evaluated contents of excellent learning resources with the technical advantages of Web technology.

Design

‘Mr Lewis’ is a case about pulmonary embolism, developed by Harold Sox, M.D., working with one of the authors, and peer-reviewed at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), where it is now being used in the third-year clerkship in Internal Medicine as one of several CBT programs assigned to students in the clerkship.

Results

The process and the tools necessary to convert an interactive learning program to Intranet technology are described.

Conclusions

International cooperation for CBT development is much more effective with this technique than with conventional platform-dependent stand-alone software. Web-based training can play an important role in the education of medical students and doctors.

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