e-learning comes of age: Web-based education provided by the International League Against Epilepsy

Epileptic Disord. 2020 Jun 1;22(3):237-244. doi: 10.1684/epd.2020.1157.


Education tools and programs using interactive digital content, distributed on the internet, are increasingly becoming an integral part of postgraduate medical education. The coronavirus pandemic and global lockdown hoisted a major challenge for traditional teaching courses. A timely solution is to focus attention and reinforce web-based teaching programs. For more than 15 years, the ILAE has been developing and managing a wide range of e-learning programs. This paper provides an overview on the e-learning portfolio of the ILAE, including tutored e-courses, self-paced interactive e-courses and online multimedia resources, all linked to the ILAE curriculum and learning objectives addressing specific levels of professional experience. All e-learning programs will become available through the new ILAE Academy platform (www.ilae-academy.org), in July 2020. E-learning is an important tool for reaching the global educational mission of the ILAE.

Keywords: ILAE; distance education; e-learning; epilepsy; online education.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • Coronavirus Infections
  • Education, Distance*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate*
  • Epilepsy*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Neurology / education*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral
  • Self-Directed Learning as Topic
  • Societies, Medical

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2