JointZone: users' views of an adaptive online learning resource for rheumatology
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AbstractThis paper describes an online learning resource for rheumatology that was designed for a wide constituency of users including primarily undergraduate medical students and health professionals. Although the online resources afford an informal learning environment, the site was pedagogically designed to comply with the general recommendations of the Standing Committee on Training and Education of EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) for a rheumatology core curriculum. Any Internet user may freely browse the site content with optional registration providing access to adaptive features that personalize the user's view, for example, providing a reading history and targeted support based on scores from completed case studies. The site has now been available since early 2003, and an online survey of site registrants indicates that well structured pedagogical materials that reflect a learners' dominant ‘community of practice’ appear to be a successful aid to informal learning.
Maier, Pat, Armstrong, Ray, Hall, Wendy and Ng, Muan Hong (2005) JointZone: users' views of an adaptive online learning resource for rheumatology. Learning Media and Technology, 30, (3), 281-297. (doi:10.1080/17439880500250485 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439880500250485>).