Distance Education is Now Training the Next Genertation of Medical Assistants
Some people are calling it distance-free learning for the Medical Assistant. Distance Learning happens wherever the learner is most available, free from the traditional boundaries of geography. It could be in the next room, or in the next state. It uses whatever technology is most available and appropriate to allow effective learning wherever needed. It changes the rules. Now, you and your colleagues, the learners, are more able to adapt and use your newly-gained knowledge for your real world challenges immediately. Laboratory work is done at your own location.
One-way video/two-way audio via satellite
Two way video and audio conferencing
Multiple user audio-only conferencing
World Wide Web-based access to educational programs
Internet and e-mail-based distributed educational programs
Online labs using innovative distance education technology (excellent for the Medical Assistant student)
A critical element of effective distance learning today is the learning environment. Interaction within that environment can occur by many technical means: e-mail, fax, telephone, two-way video. Interestingly, this interaction is becoming more asynchronous Qmeaning it doesn't have to happen at the same time for all participants.
Dr. Mark Stout, Physician and Dean of Education for St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants