COLA (Conferences On-Line Allergy) at 10 Years - Evolution of an Online Fellowship Curriculum.
Online learning has been present since the early days of the Internet. As with any new technology, users look to make their life easier and to save time. Experts in medical education are no different than other users. They want to adapt new technologies to their fullest. Medical educators have been challenged with keeping education interesting and up to date, while maximizing their resources. The challenges with any online educational program include being able to reach large numbers of learners, having content that is relevant and timely, and having it available thorough many different formats to suit the user. There are many examples of online learning programs in all fields of medicine and many specific to Allergy/Immunology. In this review, we describe a form of real-time videoconferencing referred to as Conferences On-Line Allergy (COLA), which was developed at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics. This program, which started as a once a month webinar, has transformed into a well-known curriculum used by many Allergy/Immunology training programs across the United States. It provides not only live interactive conferences but also a library of recorded lectures and workshops that can be used at the learner's convenience. Taking advantage of the generosity of many volunteer presenters, it allows sharing of resources and provides benefits to the Allergy/Immunology community.
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Computer-Assisted Instruction; Congresses as Topic; Curriculum; Education, Distance; Education, Medical; Fellowships and Scholarships; Humans; Hypersensitivity; United States; Videoconferencing
Allergy and immunology; Conferences On-Line Allergy; Fellowship curriculum; Online learning; Telemedicine
Dowling PJ, Kader R, Portnoy JM. COLA (Conferences On-Line Allergy) at 10 Years - Evolution of an Online Fellowship Curriculum. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019;7(8):2568-2573. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2019.06.025