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E-learning: de ferramenta útil a indispensável

Sao Paulo Medical Journal
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Universidade de São Paulo 2012 E-Learning: from useful to indispensable tool Sao Paulo Med. J.,v.130,n.6,p.357-359,2012 Downloaded from: Biblioteca Digital da Produção Intelectual - BDPI, Universidade de São Paulo Biblioteca Digital da Produção Intelectual - BDPI Sem comunidade Scielo Sao Paulo Med J. 2012; 130(6):357-9 357 EDITORIAL E-Learning: from useful to indispensable tool E-learning: de ferramenta útil a indispensável Alessandro Wasum MarianiI, Ricardo Mingarini TerraII, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-FernandesIII Instituto do Coração (InCor), Hospital das Clínicas (HC), Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), São Paulo, Brazil E-learning, meaning electronic learning, is a teaching model based on use of technology with the fundamental characteristic of not requiring the student’s physical presence. In other words, it consists of learning through studying material in computer environments and on the internet or other electronic media, where the teacher, if any, remains at a distance.1 Classically, there are two types of e-learning: distance learning and computer-assisted learn- ing. Distance learning uses information technology to take learning to different locations. Computer-assisted learning, also known as computer-based training, uses computers as the sole teaching tool, through different forms of media, without the presence of a teacher or tutor, even at a distance.2 These two types are becoming increasingly integrated as the internet develops. Medicine is a field of knowledge in which there has been high investment in developing e-learning tools. This is very clear just from the observation that in the PubMed database alone, 111 studies were published on this topic in 2011 (from searching using the key words “e-learn- ing”, “medical” and “education”). Some recent examples include the following: - Richardson et al.3 published their experience from using an online to

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