The Concept and Implementation of “Distributed Learning” – Our Early Experience



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    The concept of “distributed learning” (DL) is not new and is probably still evolving. A suggested definition for this is the inclusion of students in situations where learners and teachers aim to achieve the same educational objectives in a variety of different decentralised learning sites. While the concept was developed through necessity due to increased student numbers and teaching sites, it coincides well with the imperative to expose students to a sufficiently wide range of medical practices for proper learning of medicine as a whole. There are different models on the implementation of “DL” and this paper discusses the issues related to the implementation of distributed learning, focusing on the model adopted by the International Medical University and sharing results of a preliminary study carried out on our students in their final semester.

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