E-Learning in Clinical Education CPD7006


The development and application of Communications and Information Technology (C&IT)/Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) has expanded substantially in recent years, leading to the production of specific software and packages which focus on various aspects of clinical education (e.g. clinical skills acquisition packages). It has also led to the increasing use of internet technology to both develop and deliver e-learning opportunities, and also to accommodate government initiatives and changing career structures, which may impact on the viability of traditional educational methods.

This module focuses on the development of e-learning within the health context; and draws on the growing international research literature to identify key pedagogic and design principles which should underpin the effective use of communication and information technology applications in the fields of clinical education. During the module, you will also hear about e-learning research carried out locally, by the module tutors and other members of the Clinical Education Programme Team.

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Module Code: CPD7006
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

  • Postgraduate students [normally clinicians and/or clinical educators] enrolled for: PGCert in Simulation & Clinical Learning; PGCert in Workplace-Based Postgraduate Medical Education; PGDip Clinical Education or MA Clinical Education.
  • The module may also be studied on a stand-alone basis by suitably experienced/qualified individuals.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • To introduce key pedagogic and design principles which underpin the effective use of Communication and Information Technology/Technology Enhanced Learning applications in the field of clinical education.
  • To critically evaluate the potential of e-learning opportunities.
  • To critically evaluate available research evidence on e-learning, and explore how you might apply it to your own work environment and clinical teaching.

How Will I Study?

This module is normally studied on a Blended Learning Basis, with three face-to-face sessions to support online module delivery. The module overall takes 15 weeks.

What will I study?

  • Sharing an understanding of e-learning opportunities within the health professions.
  • Research into various aspects of e-learning (e.g. its effectiveness; appropriate use).
  • The life-cycle of materials development.
  • Aspects of pedagogic design & underlying theoretical models which inform design.
  • Presentational design.
  • E-tutoring; e-moderation; e-facilitation.
  • Blended learning and the development of 'learning objects'.
  • Parameters of online interactivity.
  • Supporting and preparing students for e-learning.
  • E-learning resources: e-books; e-journals; websites; stand-alone packages.
  • Web 2.0, Web 3.0, and beyond;
  • Integrating e-learning into clinical education.

How will I be assessed?

The module will be summatively assessed by the submission of two pieces of work, both of which must be passed. This will be electronically submitted at the conclusion of the module. The assessment of the module will address both theory and practice:-

1. (Learning outcomes 1 & 3) Guideline: 2500 words, weighting 60%.
A critical report of the potential and limitations of e-learning in clinical teaching in your own health discipline. This will be set within the context of an exploration of the existing use of e-learning in your specialism, and linked to underpinning theory and extant literature.

2. (Learning outcome 2) Guideline: 1500 words, weighting 40%.
Critical evaluation and analysis of an example of e-learning from your own area of clinical education, in relation to underpinning theory, research literature and the life-cycle model of materials development.

3. In addition to the two formal assessments, a minimum of 80% of online activities must be completed. It should be noted that this is a simple measure of quantity – the quality of responses to online activities will not be assessed. However, there is an expectation that activities will feed in to the two formal assessments.

On successful completion you will:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of key aspects of theory underpinning e-learning, including pedagogy, e-tutoring/e-moderation and preparing & supporting e-learners, and relating these to wider research literature.
  • Critically evaluate e-learning resources in the clinical education context, including the planning, design, development, delivery, maintenance, evaluation and re-design of e-learning materials.
  • Critically reflect on and analyze the potential and limitations for using a range of C&IT opportunities in their own clinical education practice in relation to underpinning theory and relevant research literature.

Study Dates and Venues

September 2021

Venue: TBC

Starts: Wed 22nd Sep 2021

Session Times:
  • Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 2pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 20th October 2021, 2pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 1st December 2021, 2pm-5pm
  • Tuesday 4th January 2022, 4pm (coursework submission deadline)
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

    We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

    For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

    For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinator Dr Cathy Sherratt,
    email cathy.sherratt@edgehill.ac.uk or by phone on 01695 584154.

    Or you can contact the Medical School on askmedschool@edgehill.ac.uk.


  • PGCert Simulation and Clinical Learning
  • PGCert Workplace-based PG Medical Education
  • MA Clinical Education