Design and Evaluation of an E-learning Application for Health Training of the Visually Impaired

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Kambiz Bahaadini 1 , Zahra Sadat Izi 2 , Simin Salehinejad 3 , * , Zahra Jarareh 2 , Roya Vatankhah 4

1 Ph.D. in Medical Informatics, Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

2 B.Sc. in Medical Records, School of Management and Information Science, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

3 M.Sc. in Governmental Management, Department of Health Information Management and Technology, School of Management and Health Informatics, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

4 M.Sc. in Medical Education, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Bahaadini K , Sadat Izi Z, Salehinejad S , Jarareh Z, Vatankhah R . Design and Evaluation of an E-learning Application for Health Training of the Visually Impaired, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2014 ; 11(4):e59761.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 11 (4); e59761
Published Online: December 28, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 08, 2017
Accepted: October 28, 2014

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Today, new technology has provided the visually impaired with equal opportunities for education and access to essential information. The use of these technologies by students with visual impairment is vital. The purpose of this study was to design an application for health training of the visually impaired and assess their views about its advantages and disadvantages.

Methods: This was a qualitative study in which a list of mental health information essential for the visually impaired was provided as a result of interviewing 15 blind individuals with different education degrees. Subsequently, this information was recorded in audio files by a person with appropriate voice and presented in the form of a multimedia compact disc. Finally, their views were evaluated.

Results: The results of this study showed that the blind were generally satisfied with the quality of the software and believed it improves their learning. However, some of the participants believed its content must be better and present more complete information about diseases. They believed that this application should be designed for other health information necessary to them.

Conclusion: Considering the role of information technology and e-learning tools in improvement of learning in the visually impaired and the necessity of health information for them, trainers and training managers must consider designing and implementing of such tools to educate essential health issues.

Keywords

Visually impaired Health information E-learning

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