[E-Learning in radiology; the practical use of the content management system ILIAS]

Rofo. 2006 May;178(5):525-30. doi: 10.1055/s-2006-926628. Epub 2006 Apr 13.
[Article in German]


Purpose: Due to the possibility of using different kinds of visualization, e-learning has the advantage of allowing individualized learning. A check should be performed to determine whether the use of the web-based content management system ILIAS simplifies the writing and production of electronic learning modules in radiology.

Materials and methods: Internet-based e-learning provides access to existing learning modules regardless of time and location, since fast Internet connections are readily available.

Results: Web Content Management Systems (WCMS) are suitable platforms for imparting radiology-related information (visual abilities like the recognition of patterns as well as interdisciplinary specialized knowledge). The open source product ILIAS is a free WCMS. It is used by many universities and is accepted by both students and lecturers. Its modular and object-oriented software architecture makes it easy to adapt and enlarge the platform. The employment of e-learning standards such as LOM and SCORM within ILIAS makes it possible to reuse contents, even if the platform has to be changed.

Conclusion: ILIAS renders it possible to provide students with texts, images, or files of any other kind within a learning context which is defined by the lecturer. Students can check their acquired knowledge via online testing and receive direct performance feedback. The significant interest that students have shown in ILIAS proves that e-learning can be a useful addition to conventional learning methods.

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Education, Distance / methods*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet* / standards
  • Internet* / statistics & numerical data
  • Learning*
  • Online Systems*
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Radiology / education*