The collaborative ISRRT/Philips International Access to Learning Pilot Program - Progress Report
The collaborative ISRRT/Philips International Access to Learning Pilot Program was officially launched in January, 2008. At that time, Philips distributed a press release regarding the project and the ISRRT posted an announcement and information on the ISRRT website. The first phase of the project involved discussion with and agreement to participate from three ISRRT member societies - the Estonian Society for Radiographers, the Fiji Society of Radiographers and ISRRT Indian Association of Radiological Technologists. The next steps included promotion of the program and information sharing regarding the process for accessing the on-line learning for members. In September 2008, The Society of Radiographers of South Africa agreed to participate in the project. However a number of barriers emerged as the discussion proceeded ultimately preventing their joining the project. These are discussed in more detail in the Issues section of this report.
Enrolment began in March 2008 and was tracked on a regular basis. As of one year of running the International Access to Learning Pilot Program we are able to report the following statistics:
March 3, 2009
In reviewing the data we have noted the following trends:
Often one individual will access multiple courses – far more than any one individual would reasonably complete. For example in
It is noted that access to reliable internet service with adequate bandwidth has been found to be an issue in some countries that are less technologically advances such as
Dissemination and promotion of the program has also been identified as an issue in
Accreditation of the courses has also been identified as a barrier.
There were surprisingly few support issues identified with the International Access to Learning Pilot Program after it was up and running other than the higher level problems Fiji and South Africa experienced with regard to internet speed and access issues. All support issues were addressed in a timely manner with technical advice provided from Philips where needed.
1. Continue to run the International Access to Learning Pilot Program for another year, then re-evaluate as there are still almost 4000 Continuing Education units available for use.
2. Consider additional member societies for participation in the project
3. Evaluate the benefit of this project and courses for the learners and societies and identify issues and areas for improvement.
Cynthia Cowling and Lori Boyd