ESPE Abstracts (2019) 92 SS1.1

E-Learning in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes in Resource Limited Countries (RLC)

Annemieke Boot


University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands


The structure and design of the ESPE web portal (www.espe-elearning.org) is based on facilitating Problem-Based Learning (PBL). It consists of carefully designed problems that challenge medical students, residents, postdoc’s to use problem solving techniques, self-directed learning strategies and specialty knowledge.

The ESPE e-learning web portal is an interactive learning environment for up to date topics in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes consisting of chapters and problem solving cases. The General Content has been reviewed by international experts and offers thirteen categories consisting of fifty-seven chapters and fifty-five problem solving cases.

Within the ESPE-elearning web portal a separate module has been developed specifically for health care workers at three levels of health care (primary, secondary, tertiary) in Resource Limited Countries (RLC).This RLC module currently consists of sixteen chapters and twenty-five cases covering all major subjects of pediatric endocrinology including a large chapter on diabetes. The content has been reviewed by global experts representing the International Consortium Pediatric Endocrinology (ICPE) including ISPAD and GPED. Thanks to the collaboration of junior/senior native speaking colleagues the module is globally and freely accessible in 5 languages: English, French, Spanish, Swahili and Chinese.

The web portal can be used for self-study: refreshing/gaining more in-depth knowledge of pediatric endocrinology and for teaching: classroom case discussion (via projector), or in preparation for a course (blended learning).The website supports formative assessment by providing immediate feedback at questions, which raises motivation, gives more insight in progress of acquisition of knowledge and competencies and improves cooperation between students and teachers.

In conclusion, the ESPE e-learning is a free and globally accessible portal that provides up to date and relevant educational information on pediatric endocrinology and diabetes topics. It offers interactive learning strategies for self-directed learning or teaching; the RLC module in particular provides three stratified levels of care.

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