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    1. Supported distance learning for health-care managers: An international comparison
    Document Type: Journal Articles
    Source: Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 53(3), 467-484, 2001
    Year published: 2001
    Publisher: Routledge
    Learning materials developed by the Open University for first-line managers in the British Health Service have been adopted and adapted in a number of other countries. This paper reports a questionnaire-based evaluation of their use in Australia, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Participants?views of the helpfulness of the 18 workbooks that constitute the core of the Managing Health Services programme were very positive across all four countries, as were their views of the assessment process and, in most cases, of the tutorial arrangements. However, there were some significant differences between the views of the cohorts from different countries. Participants were also asked to assess the extent to which they had developed 40 management competencies as a result of their studies. Managers from each country reported progress in their competence development, but with considerable variation between countries. Possible explanations for these differences are explored.
    [Copyright of Journal of Vocational Education and Training is the property of Routledge. Full article may be available at the publisher's website:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820100200168]
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    2. Supported distance learning for health-care managers: How far can learning materials travel?
    Document Type: Journal Articles
    Year published: 2001
    Publisher: Routledge
    Learning materials developed by the Open University for operational managers in the British Health Service are increasingly being used in other countries, often with adaptation and translation. This paper reports an evaluation of the use of these learning materials in Australia, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and the UK. Participants'views of the workbooks that constitute the core of the programme, the assessment process and the tutorial arrangements were mostly positive. However, the materials were not always seen to be successful in addressing individuals in their specific health care contexts. Some participants also reported difficulty in managing the workload within the anticipated study time. Participants were also asked to assess the extent to which they had developed management competences as a result of their studies. In almost all cases, learners reported progress, but there was considerable variation between cohorts in different countries. Possible explanations for these differences are explored.
    [Copyright of Innovations in Education & Teaching International is the property of Routledge. Full article may be available at the publisher's website:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14703290110073291]
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