Open Source E-learning for Medical Schools in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Jens Dørup, Mads Ronald Dahl, V. Simunovic

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    The former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) with a combined

    Muslim, Serbian, and Croatian population, is trying to build new frameworks for effective teaching and

    learning in medicine. Apart from cultural and religious diversities, the country is struggling with serious

    financial difficulties and with "brain drainage" of young physicians to more developed countries. Five

    medical schools, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzzla, Mostar, and Serb Sarajevo are collaborating in an EU

    supported Tempus project, Dictum (˜r28/DICTUM/index.php) with the

    support of EU member partners from Germany, Belgium, Austria and Denmark.

    The internet infrastructure in BiH is still far from the level found in western European countries [1] As

    an example, a bandwidth for an entire medical school could be in the order of 1-2 Mbit/sec and charge

    for use of internet is still proportional to traffic. On the other hand many medical students use the internet

    regularly from their homes and there is an increasing knowledge and understanding for the use of IT in

    medical education both among teachers and students [2,3]. The present project was established to try

    to help the medical schools in getting started with e-learning on a user-friendly and cost-free basis seen

    from the BiH perspective.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTechnology and Health Care
    Pages (from-to)378-379
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

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