Putting your course on the Web: lessons from a case study and systematic literature review

Med Educ. 2003 Nov;37(11):1020-3. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2003.01673.x.


Background: Education via the Internet offers enormous potential, but many online courses are pedagogically or technically weak and many good projects are never mainstreamed.

Method: In drawing up our recommendations to address the issues around putting a course on the web, we drew on 3 main sources of data: an extensive in-depth course evaluation; a systematic review of the literature, and questions raised by participants on our training-the-trainers courses.

Recommendations: For any web-based course to succeed, 10 overlapping and iterative areas of activity must be addressed. These are: the market for the course; course aims and intended learning outcomes; choice of software platform; staff training needs; writing high quality study materials; design features for active learning; technical and administrative challenges; evaluation and quality improvement; mainstreaming the course within the institution, and financial viability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet / organization & administration*
  • Medical Informatics Computing / standards
  • Online Systems / organization & administration
  • Program Evaluation