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Articles/Books about Computer Based Learning


In this section where a hyperlink is not given for an article, that article will be handed out in class. 


Alessi S and Trollip S (1991) Computer-Based Instruction Methods and Development, New Jersey, Prentice Hall, Main LB1028.5/ALES

Beetham H, Sharpe R (eds, 2007) Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age, Designing and Delivering E-Learning, Routledge 2nd edition due, March 2013). Also, t:, HelenB's e-learning blog: 

Boyle T (1997) Design for Multimedia learning, Hemel Hempstead, Prentice Hall, Main Library, LB1028.55/BOYL


Academic Medicine, March 2006 - Volume 81 - Issue 3, pp: 205-251 - section in this edition on IT in Medical Education,,

The Association for the Study of Medical Education:

The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Special Interest Group was formed in May 2012 to provide a forum for sharing best practice and fostering collaboration. It is aimed at medical educators who use TEL in their teaching:

Medical Education Online (archives): an example: Novak et al (2011), "A New Approach to Learning How to Teach: medical students as instructional designers", vol 16


Carwille J (2007) "A Constructivist Approach to Online Teaching and Learning", Inquiry, Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2007, 68-73, available at (Accessed 2 Dev 15)

Dalgarno, Barney (1996) 'Constructivist Computer Assisted Learning: Theory and Techniques.', Proceedings from the Australian Society for Computers in Learning In Tertiary Education Look for 1996 editions at proceedings from ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning In Tertiary Education

Herrington J. and Oliver R (1995) 'Critical characteristics of situated learning: Implications for the instructional design of multimedia', Look for 1995 Vol 11 No 2 at proceedings from the Australian Society for Computers in Learning In Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)

Herrington J. and Standen P (2000) ‘Moving from an Instructivist to a Constructivist Multimedia Learning Environment’ Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia v9 no3 p195-205 2000 available from

Mergel B, Instructional Design & Learning Theory, overview of main theories, strengths and weaknesses, written by graduate student Educational Communications and Technology University of Saskatchewan,

Allied to Constructivism

Houghton W ‘Constructive Alignment - and why it is important to the learning process’, Higher Education Academy - Engineering Subject Centre, (PDF doc)

Evaluation and Assessment

Draper, S.W., Brown, M.I., Edgerton, E., Henderson, F.P., McAteer, E., Smith, E.D., and Watt, H.D. (1994) 'Observing and Measuring The Performance of Educational Technology'. (ISBN 085261 521 3). An extended abstract by Stephen W Draper is at [Last Accessed 29 Jan 04]. This report resulted from the work carried out by the TILT project at Glasgow []

Geissinger H (1997) "Educational Software: Criteria for Evaluation" ASCILE '97 [Last Accessed 29 Jan 04]

Maher J et al MCQ Help - Designing good questions, 

Mayes J T, Fowler, Learning technology and usability: a framework for understanding courseware, available online at Interacting with Computers 11, 485-497

Information Services and (previously) the Centre for Computer Based Learning, The Queen's University of Belfast

  • What is Computer Based Learning - CBL Approaches, Revised 2003 (given out in class)
  • Brannigan, P (2009) 'Development of Computer Based Learning - Some Considerations' (given out in class)
  • Evaluating CBL - An Initial Framework, (given out in class)
  • Lee, M and Brannigan, P (2009) 'Evaluating Computer Based Learning - Part 2' (given out in class)

Other Articles

Academic Medicine, March 2006 - Volume 81 - Issue 3, pp: 205-251 - section in this edition on IT in Medical Education,,

Bradley, Paul & Postlethwaite, Keith (2003) "Simulation in clinical learning." Medical Education 37 (s1), 1-5. doi: 10.1046/ j.1365-2923.37.s1.1.x. This is a supplement with a number of articles about simulation. Accesible only to Queen's staff and students. [Last Accessed 12/02/08]

Cantillon, P., Irish,B. and Sales, D.2004. Using computers for assessment in medicine. BMJ; 329; 606-609,  [Last Accessed 12/02/10]

Cook D A, (2006) "Where are we with Web-based learning in medical education?", Medical Teacher, Volume 28, Issue 7 November 2006 , pages 594 - 598, abstract available from Medical Teacher

Educause (2013) Educause 7 Things you should know about Intelligent Tutoring Systems Jul 9 13 Educause, [PDF] Last Accessed 31 Oct 14

Griffin J (2003) Technology in the Teaching of Neuroscience: enhanced student learning, Advan. Physiol. Edu. 27: 146-155, 2003 (available as e-journal via Library)

Herrington, J. and Knibb, K. (1999). Multimedia and student activity: An interpretive study using VideoSearch. Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 15(1), 47-57.

Keelan J, Pavri-Garcia V, Tomlinson G, Wilson K (2008): "YouTube as a Source of Information on Immunization", JAMA. 2007;298(21):2482-2484,

Moorthy K. (2005) Editorial on Simulation Based Training, BMJ 2005; 330; 493-494,

Rosser J C, Lynch P J, Cuddihy L, Gentile D A, Klonsky J, Merrell R (2007) “The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century”, Arch Surg. 2007;142:181-186,

Strømsø H I, Grøttum P, Hofgaard Lycke K (2004) Changes in student approaches to learning with the introduction of computer-supported problem-based learning. Medical Education 38:4, 390-398

Torre D, Pfeifer KJ, Lamb GC, Walters MP, Sebastian JL, Simpson DE.An assessment of the impact of multimedia technology-based learning tools on the cardiac auscultation skills of third-year medical students. Med Educ Online [serial online] 2004;9:22. Available

Westwood M A, Flett A S, Riding P, and Moon J C (2009) How to webcast lectures and conferences, BMJ 2009;338:b31 with a rapid response: How to webcast longer lectures: reflexions from e-learning context by Julien Mancini, Jean-Charles Dufour, and Marius Fieschi   (13 February 2009),

Willcockson I U, Phelps C L (2010) "Keeping learning central: a model for implementing emerging technologies", Medical Education Online, Vol 15 (2010), [last accessed 14/7/2010]

Whitehead, D.E.J., Bray, D., & Harries, M (2007) “Not just music but medicine. Podcasting surgical procedures”, in Clinical Otolaryngology, 32, 3– 6, available via Library e-journals.

Wilkinson, S "Moving from OMR to CBA for summative exams in medicine", An acount of the University of Nottingham Medical School switching from optical mark recognition (OMR) method of scoring objectively marked questions to a computer-based assessment (CBA) solution - published as a case study in JISC infoNet, tangible benefits of e-learning:

Zendejas B, Brydges R, Wang AT, Cook DA (2013), "Patient Outcomes in Simulation-Based Medical Education: A Systematic Review." J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Apr 18 (abstract, pre publication at, Last Accessed 28 April 13