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Self-learning Module in Medical Education: A Review of the Literature
Shahin Tohidi, Hossein Karimi Moonaghi *
Mashhad University of Medical Sciences , karimih@mums.ac.ir
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Introduction: Education and learning systems are globally evolving toward self-learning-based educational models. The purpose of this study was to determine the features and principles of developing a self-learning module, compare the self-learning module with other methods of teaching, and explore the effects of self-learning module on learning.

Methods: In this review study, data were collected by searching through online databases such as Scopus, web of science, PubMed, Magiran and SID with the keywords self-learning, online modules, self-direct learning, self-learning module and web-based module with no time limit.

Results: A total of 27 articles were reviewed. This review study explored the features of self-learning modules (flexibility, accessibility and transferability, easiness, learner’s accountability, motivating the learner, cost-effectiveness, safe learning environment and saving time); in addition, the principles of developing the self-learning module as well as factors associated with the effects of self-learning module were identified.

Conclusion: Since this paper revealed many aspects of the self-learning module, it is suggested that faculty members become more familiar with this educational approach and apply it.

Keywords: Self-learning modules, web-based learning modules, self-learning, online learning modules, teaching methods
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Type of Study: Review article | Subject: E-learning
Received: 2015/09/28 | Accepted: 2016/01/3 | Published: 2016/06/5 | ePublished: 2016/06/5
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Tohidi S, Karimi Moonaghi H. Self-learning Module in Medical Education: A Review of the Literature. Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2016; 16 :72-83
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