no time in the history of medicine has the
growth in knowledge and technologies been so
profound... (But) research... reveals a health
care system that frequently falls short in
its ability to... apply new technology... If
the health care system cannot consistently
deliver today's science and technology, we
may conclude that it is even less prepared
to respond to the extraordinary scientific
advances that will surely emerge in the first
half of the 21st century."
Institute of Medicine, 2001a:2-3
following resources have been compiled by Bright
Futures at Georgetown University, the MCH
Library, and the National
Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center to
assist MCH Training grantees in the development
of distance learning materials. This list has its
beginning as background material to the "Technology
to Improve Training: Web-Based and Distance Learning" roundtable
at the All Grantees Meeting, October 2004.
resources are not meant to be exhaustive, but highlight
the key topics in distance learning as well as
Web site design, usability, and accessibility as
it related to MCH training. Please e-mail John
Richards with suggested resources to include in
IT and Internet
Site and Distance
LL, Strasser, SM, Spettel, CM, et al. 2003. "Designing
Tailored Web-Based Instruction to Improve Practicing
Physicians' Preventive Practices." Journal
of Medical Internet Research 5(3): available
online at http://www.jmir.org/2003/3/e20/.
Learning Inventory. Funded by the Training
Branch of MCHB, this site contains information
about distance education materials developed
by MCHB-supported training projects. The searchable
Web site is targeted to practicing public health
professionals, teachers, and students of public
W. 2000. Designing Web-Based Training: How
to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime. New
York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Design guidelines,
examples, sample templates, and other resources
are available at the Designing
Web-Based Training Companion Web Site.
W and Horton, K. 2003. E-Learning Tools and
Technologies. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Design
guidelines, examples, sample templates, and other
resources are available at the E-Learning
Tools and Technologies Companion Web Site.
WW and Owens, DL. 2004. Multimedia-Based Instructional
Design: Computer-Based Training; Web-Based Training;
Distance Broadcast Training; Permormance-Based
Solutions, 2nd Edition. New York: John Wiley
and Sons, Inc. Table of Contents and excerpts are
available online at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787970697.html.
MJ. 2005. Usability in e-Learning. American
Society for Training and Development: available
online at http://www.learningcircuits.org/2005/jan2005/miller.htm.
RW, Kim-Phuong, LV. 2004. Handbook of Human Factors
in Web Design. "The Basics of E-Learning" excerpt
available online at http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=tutorials&article=20-1.
and Internet Access/Use Resources
NE, Boen, DJ, Wooldridge, J, et al. 2004. "What
Do We Mean by Internet Access? A Framework for
Health Researchers." Preventing Chronic
Disease: Public health Research, Practice, and
Policy 1(4): available online at http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/oct/04_0019.htm.
AA. 2001. "Promoting Public Health Through
Electronic Media: A Challenge for Schools of Public
Health." American Journal of Public Health 91(8):1183-1185.
GR, Petersen, DJ, Pass, MA, et al. 2001 Graduate
and Continuing Education Needs in Maternal and
Child Health: Report of a National Needs Assessment,
2000-2001. Birmingham, AL: Maternal and Child
Health Leadership Skills Training Institute. Available
online at http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=44738 (select
link for "Graduate and Continuing Education
Needs in MCH").
Training Program. This Web site provides
information on the Training Program as well as
an interactive map of currently funded MCHB-funded
projects and links.
An overarching Web site with sub-sites (e-Learning,
workgroups, nutrition, LEAH grantees, Pediatric
Pulmonary Centers) designed to assist MCHB training
grantees to make better use of information technology.
National. Provided by the Public Health Foundation,
this site lists online courses, materials, reviews,
and discussion groups focused on public health
Site Accessibility Resources
508 Web site. Section 508 requires that Federal
agencies' electronic and information technology
is accessible to people with disabilities. The
Center for Information Technology Accommodation
(CITA), in the U.S. General Services Administration's
Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged
with the task of educating Federal employees
and building the infrastructure necessary to
support Section 508 implementation. Using this
web site, Federal employees and the public can
access resources for understanding and implementing
the requirements of Section 508.
Accessibility Guidelines. HRSA’s recommendations
for making Web pages 508-compliant. They
are not meant to limit developers or discourage
other techniques, and are subject to change when
new solutions/technology become available.
Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WAI, in coordination
with organizations around the world, pursues
accessibility of the Web through five primary
areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools,
education and outreach, and research and development.
Futures at Georgetown University Accessibility.
An example of a university-based, MCHB-funded
project's accessibility statement.
Site and Distance Learning Copyright Resources
Property, Copyright, and Distance Learning Links.
Extensive links to online resources provided
by a collaboration of the University of North
Carolina and MCB University Press.
Futures at Georgetown University Copyright, Content,
Disclaimers, and Privacy Policies. An example
of a university-based, MCHB-funded project's
copyright policies, content and links disclaimers,
copyright permission policies, and privacy of
Site Design Resources
Users Read on the Web. While this article
is from 1997, it emphasizes an important truth
that users scan rather than read Web
SJ, Bailey, RW, Nall, JR, et al. 2003. Research-Based
Web Design and Usability Guidelines. Bethesda,
MD: Communication Technologies Brance, National
Cancer Institute. Available online at http://usability.gov/pdfs/guidelines.html.
101: Introduction to Usability. Jakob Nielsen's
Alertbox continually provides short but informative
design tips. Further resources on usability include First
Rule of Usability? Don't Listen to Users and Why
You Only Need to Test With 5 Users.