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Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp 1549–1552 | Cite as

Collaborative Learning and Technology Skills Development: Evaluation of an Online Annual Grantee Meeting

  • John Richards
  • Karen Edwards
  • Mellanye Lackey
  • Lee Wallace
  • Jerry Calleson
  • Catherine Barber
  • Toby Long
  • Sue Lin
  • Anita Farel
Notes from the Field
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Abstract

Annual meetings provide the opportunity to communicate with colleagues with similar professional interests and bolster training initiatives. However, the cost of face-to-face meetings, including travel expenses and lost work time, is high. Although face-to-face meetings offer unique advantages, fiscal considerations compel consideration of alternatives. Distance Learning Grantees (Division of Research, Training and Education, MCH Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration) and MCH project staff conducted their annual grantee meeting online in 2010. The meeting featured project updates and technical skills training over the course of a three-day meeting. Direct costs of the online meeting were low, and evaluations indicated that all participants were satisfied with the online format.

Keywords

Distance education Workforce development Distance learning 

Notes

Acknowledgment

We are grateful to Dr. Alison Stuebe for her presentation on use of social media, particularly Twitter, with high risk obstetric patients.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Richards
    • 1
  • Karen Edwards
    • 2
  • Mellanye Lackey
    • 3
  • Lee Wallace
    • 4
  • Jerry Calleson
    • 5
  • Catherine Barber
    • 6
  • Toby Long
    • 7
  • Sue Lin
    • 8
  • Anita Farel
    • 9
  1. 1.Health Information GroupGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.Health Sciences LibraryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.Boling Center for Developmental DisabilitiesUniversity of Tennessee Health Science CenterMemphisUSA
  5. 5.Online Instruction Group, Gillings School of Global Public HealthUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  6. 6.Harvard Injury Control Research CenterHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  7. 7.Center for Child and Human Development Georgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  8. 8.Division of Research, Training, and EducationMaternal and Child Health BureauElk Grove VillageUSA
  9. 9.Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public HealthUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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