A systems approach to implementation of eLearning in medical education: five MEPI schools' journeys

Acad Med. 2014 Aug;89(8 Suppl):S102-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000347.


How should eLearning be implemented in resource-constrained settings? The introduction of eLearning at four African medical schools and one school of pharmacy, all part of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) eLearning Technical Working Group, highlighted the need for five factors essential for successful and sustainable implementation: institutional support; faculty engagement; student engagement; technical expertise; and infrastructure and support systems. All five MEPI schools reported strengthening technical expertise, infrastructure, and support systems; four schools indicated that they were also successful in developing student engagement; and three reported making good progress in building institutional support. Faculty engagement was the one core component that all five schools needed to enhance.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Education, Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational
  • Schools, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Schools, Pharmacy / organization & administration*
  • United States