MOOCs and Other Online Platforms

During the last decade, academic health centers have begun to incorporate a variety of online platforms into their curricula. 

Online platforms offer a number of potential advantages, including (but not limited to):

  • Standardization of curricula and teaching methods
  • Reduction in the number of instructors required, which creates competition that improves the quality of instruction
  • Faculty time can focus on direct interaction with students rather than lecturing
  • Students can access lectures on a flexible schedule
  • Providing global access and perspectives

Among the challenges of such an approach is working with accreditation bodies to ensure equal or better education results than traditional classrooms.

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