Initial Experiences in Developing a Chronologically Organized Digital Library for Continuing Education in Biodefense

Abstract

To address an identified but unmet need, a chronologically organized digital library and learning collaboratory has been developed for delivering continuing education to investigators and trainees in the form of biodefense-related news stories, which can be integrated into their daily workflow in a time-efficient basis. We have begun to show how use of this program can broaden and deepen investigators and trainees knowledge and perspective of biodefense-related issues and thus give them a larger context for their work, and how over time these news stories aggregate into an unstructured curriculum of biodefense topics that closely parallels the structured curriculum of a formal biodefense graduate program. This technique of using a chronologically organized digital library dedicated to delivering a discipline-specific unstructured curriculum that unfolds in practice can be generalized to any discipline.

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