The educational goal of e-learning is to not to replace conventional hands-on experiences but to improve the quality of refractive surgery training worldwide, since learning is a non-stop process.
Living in an era of vast technological development has shifted the way we learn. Teachers and students no longer need to be physically present at the same time and place, but can instead engage from afar and this form of online learning, or “e-learning”, is increasingly becoming more the norm. Traditional learning still has an important role, however, and remains essential in maintaining the learning process.1,2
The concept of distance learning is not new; there is historical evidence as to its existence as far back as the 19th century, courtesy of Sir Isaac Pitman, who taught a system of shorthand in the 1840s for students living abroad, which was a method of exchanging mailing texts.3 There are many definitions for e-learning (also referred to as E learning, online training and online learning); however, broadly speaking, experts agree that it involves the electronic delivery of training or education and requires interaction with the Internet or other computer network via a computer or electronic device such as a mobile phone.4-6
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4. Rosenberg M. J. (2001). E-Learning: strategies for delivering knowledge in the digital age. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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6. Rosenberg MJ. E-Learning: strategies for delivering knowledge in the digital age. New York, NY, USA: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.2001.
7. Cataractle, Refractive E-Learning Course. https://crstodayeurope.com/articles/2008-mar/0308_25-php/.
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