The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

What is the Future of Distance Education, the Internet, And Web-based Education in Respiratory Care?

William J. Malley, MS RRT Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When Dr. Fred Helmholz and colleagues established accreditation standards for the new field of inhalation therapy, did their crystal balls reveal an educational system routinely using the World Wide Web, computerized clinical simulations, satellite case study telecasts, and computer managed credentialing exams? The pace of change is accelerating in education at large, and particularly for respiratory care, a field with unique training and education challenges and opportunities. This presentation synthesizes the crystal ball visions of a respiratory care educator and an instructional technologist to provide a glimpse through the fog of what may be in store for respiratory education.
? Training and education
? Credentialing (and re-credentialing)
? Continuing education
? Clinic
? Research and development
? Role expansion of the respiratory care practitioner
* What will the future world of respiratory care education look like?
* What will our classrooms and labs look like?
* Will there be classrooms and labs?
* What steps toward this future are in progress now?
* What new teaching and learning skills and competencies will future RC instructors and students require?

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