Title Neonatal Online Training in Europe
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI-163_266
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
The lack of harmonisation of the training of specialist doctors in Europe, has, for some resulted in a lack of equity and parity to training opportunities. The European Neonatal Virtual Learning Project offers the potential for a new approach to training which promotes flexibility in terms of access (any time, any place), collaborative learning, networking opportunities. The outcomes from this project may be readily transferable to other medical specialties.
As of September 2011 the project has now completed, however, if you would be interested in registering for the next phase of the project please contact our Project Manager (email@example.com).
Summary The aim of the project was to develop a European Virtual learning Environment (VLE) which would act as the portal for the delivery of a structured online European Medical Postgraduate educational training programme to junior doctors who are training to be neonatal specialists. Having gained approval from the European Academy of Paediatrics it is anticipated that this innovation has the potential to harmonise neonatal training and promote transparency of qualifications and mobility.
The aim of the project will be to provide a new solution to the challenge of providing a unified structured framework for the provision of postgraduate medical training and education in Europe. Online teaching and learning is well established in most sectors, however, within this context, innovation is relatively limited, this may be due to a lack of knowledge, experience, time or resources. A European Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be developed using Moodle. The VLE will be underpinned by a constructivist approach which will address diverse learners’ needs and promote democratic learning. The VLE will act as a portal for the development and delivery of components of the European neonatal syllabus. Active social learning will be promoted by using communication software for synchronous and asynchronous discussions. Four modules from the syllabus will be delivered over one year, formative and summative assessments will be incorporated. Accreditation for the training programme is being sought from the European Board of Pediatrics.
Formative internal evaluation will provide iterative feedback and external summative evaluation will be undertaken. A comprehensive quality management plan has been developed based on the Common Quality Assurance Framework (CQAF).
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
transparency and certification
program or curricula
open and distance learning
The following products will be developed (Oct 2009-October 2011):
- a European Neonatal Learning Environment
- an online induction training module
- four interactive training modules based on
the European neonatal syllabus
- a European Neonatal e-Portfolio
- an External Evaluation Report
- a project dissemination and exploitation
If you would like to join the project please contact the Project Manager, Susan Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)