Artículo: European dissemination of a web- and case-based learning system for occupational medicine: NetWoRM Europe
European dissemination of a web- and case-based learning system for occupational medicine: NetWoRM Europe
S. Kolb, J. Reichert, I. Hege, G. Praml, M. C. Bellido, B. Martinez-Jaretta, M. Fischer, D. Nowak, K. Radon and the NetWoRM group
Received: 15 February 2006 Accepted: 17 November 2006 Published online: 12 January 2007
Objective Occupation has a large impact on health in Europe. In order to prevent and recognize occupational diseases, medical students and physicians should know about the potentially causal relationship between profession and diseases as well as the basic legal aspects of occupational medicine (OM). However, the opportunity of bedside teaching, the students’ most favoured way of teaching, is limited.
Methods One possibility to complete and improve traditional training in OM is computer-oriented case-based learning. Using the authoring system “CASUS” (INSTRUCT AG) cases can be created and handled without knowledge in computer sciences.
Results So far, 19 cases have been created and evaluated by students of German universities. Due to the great efforts arising from the creation of such multimedia cases it is desirable and cost-effective to use the existing cases at several medical universities. Therefore, the Net-based Training in Work-Related Medicine (NetWoRM) project shares cases on an international base. In February and April 2005, 13 case-authors from 12 centres were trained in the basics of case creation during a 3 week programme in Munich. The overall evaluation of the participants indicated that this way of teaching case creation is very efficient. Up to now, nine cases were translated into English and five into Spanish. First implementation of the cases in Spain and Finland showed a good acceptance by the students but more evaluation has still to be done.
Based on these results we conclude that exchange of case-based e-learning in OM is feasible and rewarding on an international base.