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"At 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

The 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.

These 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 the list.

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Casebeer, 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

Distance 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 health.

Horton, 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.

Horton, 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.

Lee, 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

Miller, MJ. 2005. Usability in e-Learning. American Society for Training and Development: available online at

Procton, RW, Kim-Phuong, LV. 2004. Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design. "The Basics of E-Learning" excerpt available online at

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Bush, 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

Sorensen, AA. 2001. "Promoting Public Health Through Electronic Media: A Challenge for Schools of Public Health." American Journal of Public Health 91(8):1183-1185.

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Alexander, 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 (select link for "Graduate and Continuing Education Needs in MCH").

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.

Train National. Provided by the Public Health Foundation, this site lists online courses, materials, reviews, and discussion groups focused on public health topics.

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Section 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.

HRSA 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.

Web 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.

Bright Futures at Georgetown University Accessibility. An example of a university-based, MCHB-funded project's accessibility statement.

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Intellectual 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.

Bright 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 usage data.

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How Users Read on the Web. While this article is from 1997, it emphasizes an important truth that users scan rather than read Web sites.

Koyani, 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

Usability 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.




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