BASICS Scotland – the charity that promotes the provision of high quality pre-hospital emergency care by health professionals across Scotland – recently produced a report that brings together experience of providing over fifteen thousand hours of online educational material. And the conclusion: it’s cost effective, it increases access (particularly to remote and rural practitioners) to high quality education, and it works.
Tele-education has been available from BASICS Scotland since 2011, and since then the team have built on their experience to improve the learner’s experience, and reflect on what makes this form of learning most accessible.
Some participants manage to join these sessions in real-time, but the sessions are also recorded so they can be viewed at a later date via the BASICS Scotland website. The sessions are usually packaged to run over ten weeks, covering adult and paediatric emergency prehospital care respectively. A dedicated IT Facilitator assists participants with any initial difficulties in using the Adobe Connect software – which has proven to be an effective platform on which to deliver the content. Participants who are watching in real-time are able to ask questions or type comments, and all of this is recorded for later viewing too.
As well as tele-education, BASICS Scotland also uses this technology for its Clinical Governance meetings (open to all member responders) and for Board meetings. Scottish rural broadband speeds continue to pose some problems, but having knowledgeable IT assistance allows some of the technicalities to be tweaked, to maximise the use of available bandwidth.
The report (PDF) can be downloaded from the button below. Further details on the tele-education programme can be found here, along with all the other training opportunities that BASICS Scotland provides. A BASICS Scotland tour of the Adobe Connect platform can be found here.Download the report here (PDF 733KB)