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Barriers and solutions to online learning in medical education – an integrative review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Education, June 2018
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Title
Barriers and solutions to online learning in medical education – an integrative review
Published in
BMC Medical Education, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12909-018-1240-0
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Authors

Diane O’Doherty, Marie Dromey, Justan Lougheed, Ailish Hannigan, Jason Last, Deirdre McGrath

Abstract

The aim of this study is to review the literature on known barriers and solutions that face educators when developing and implementing online learning programs for medical students and postgraduate trainees. An integrative review was conducted over a three-month period by an inter-institutional research team. The search included ScienceDirect, Scopus, BioMedical, PubMed, Medline (EBSCO & Ovid), ERIC, LISA, EBSCO, Google Scholar, ProQuest A&I, ProQuest UK & Ireland, UL Institutional Repository (IR), UCDIR and the All Aboard Report. Search terms included online learning, medical educators, development, barriers, solutions and digital literacy. The search was carried out by two reviewers. Titles and abstracts were screened independently and reviewed with inclusion/exclusion criteria. A consensus was drawn on which articles were included. Data appraisal was performed using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) Qualitative Research Checklist and NHMRC Appraisal Evidence Matrix. Data extraction was completed using the Cochrane Data Extraction Form and a modified extraction tool. Of the 3101 abstracts identified from the search, ten full-text papers met the inclusion criteria. Data extraction was completed on seven papers of high methodological quality and on three lower quality papers. Findings suggest that the key barriers which affect the development and implementation of online learning in medical education include time constraints, poor technical skills, inadequate infrastructure, absence of institutional strategies and support and negative attitudes of all involved. Solutions to these include improved educator skills, incentives and reward for the time involved with development and delivery of online content, improved institutional strategies and support and positive attitude amongst all those involved in the development and delivery of online content. This review has identified barriers and solutions amongst medical educators to the implementation of online learning in medical education. Results can be used to inform institutional and educator practice in the development of further online learning.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 920 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 122 13%
Student > Master 85 9%
Lecturer 70 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 54 6%
Student > Postgraduate 53 6%
Other 238 26%
Unknown 298 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 305 33%
Social Sciences 51 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 50 5%
Computer Science 28 3%
Engineering 17 2%
Other 140 15%
Unknown 329 36%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 April 2021.
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#2,153,010
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Outputs from BMC Medical Education
#350
of 3,006 outputs
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#47,471
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#1
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