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Title Top Ten Reasons the World Wide Web May Fail to Change Medical Education
Author(s) Richard Bruce Friedman, MD
Source Academic Medicine, Vol. 71, No. 9, Pages 979-981
Publication Date Sept. 1996
Abstract The Internet's World Wide Web (WWW) offers educators a unique opportunity to introduce computer-assisted instructional (CAI) programs into the medical school curriculum. With the WWW, CAI programs developed at one medical school could be successfully used at other institutions without concern about hardware or software compatibility; further, programs could be maintained and regularly updated at a single central location, could be distributed rapidly, would be technology-independent, and would be presented in the same format on all computers.

However, while the WWW holds promise for CAI, the author discusses ten reasons that educators' efforts to fulfill the Web's promise may fail, including the following: CAI is generally not fully integrated into the medical school curriculum; students are not tested on material taught using CAI; and CAI programs tend to be poorly designed. The author argues that medical educators must overcome these obstacles if they are to make truly effective use of the WWW in the classroom.

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