Videoconferencing reaches more people
A total of 378 health professionals have participated in video lectures in the Nordic competence programme on disabilities. The evaluation shows that video reaches more people than conventional seminars and conferences.
In the project, lecturers from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden have described research relevant to people with disabilities in the Nordic countries, Nordic cooperation in assistive technology, rehabilitation of children, and ethical issues involved in work with people who have developmental disorders.
9 out of 10 want more
A total of 16 such video lectures have been held, and this form of teaching has proved to reach more health professionals than seminars and conferences.
Another positive response was that they now had the opportunity to improve their skills, because they saved the time and money that they would have spent on travelling to take part in training; they might otherwise not have given priority to participating in a conventional seminar.
The lectures were experienced as very interesting, and 90 per cent of the participants replied that they would be happy to participate in similar programmes later. The evaluation also shows that 9 out of 10 lecturers would consider holding videoconference lectures again.
Will continue with videoconferencing
NSH has therefore concluded that it would like to continue using videoconferencing as a tool to improve quality and strengthen collaborative networking between the Nordic countries.
The evaluation also recommends that the lecturers be trained to develop skills in achieving interaction between the participants and that they ensure the technique is tested before the videoconferences. Some technical problems arose in the sound and video during the lectures, but despite this the participants were highly satisfied with the teaching programme.
Most of the participants were from Sweden and Norway, and the evaluation concludes that there was better marketing for the programme in these countries than in Finland, Iceland, Åland and Denmark, where there were fewer participants.
See the lectures on the Internet
For more information about the teaching programme and the experience gained from it, you can download the whole evaluation (in Swedish) here. In addition, 14 of the lectures have been recorded on video and are available at the Web site www.helsekompetanse.no
Contact persons at the NST
Kirsten Eriksen, head of the programme for Net-based Development of Competence, mobile telephone +47 913 49 652
Vibeke Flytkjær, training coordinator, mobile telephone +47 915 59 172
Article last updated: 2007.03.27