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Effectiveness of blended learning in the medical sector

Let’s first define blended learning… the combination of traditional face-to-face learning and e-learning.

The use of blended learning has increased rapidly since the dawn of the internet in the 90s and is now widely used in education. With the potential to improve clinical training among medical students and undergraduate nursing education, institutes and tutors should consider moving to e-Learning and online platforms in order to enhance the effectiveness of learning.

In the medical profession, blended learning is a combination of journal-based learning, reflective practice and participation in CPD courses. To continually demonstrate good professional practice, medical professionals and scientists must maintain their learning and development throughout their careers.

Journal based learning

Journal based learning (JBL) involves reading and then answering questions based on articles in scientific journals and is an excellent way to learn about scientific advances and techniques as part of your CPD.

Reflective practice

Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on one’s actions so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. According to one definition it involves “paying critical attention to the practical values and theories which inform everyday actions, by examining practice reflectively and reflexively.

CPD courses

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.


CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programmes, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development. There are over 1000 institutes & professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

ART’s comprehensive training and assessment platform offers a flexible system to help professionals keep their skills and knowledge current. With easy access to e-Learning, Webinars and live streaming or onsite courses available worldwide, blended learning has never been this smart.

Professionals can be sure to gain the knowledge and skills that contribute to their quality of practice and service delivery, and in turn benefit the service user.

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