Distance Education: A Help or Hindrance to Employment Integration of International Professionals?

By Lillie Lum.

Published by The Technology Collection

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International health professionals seeking access to the Canadian labour market experience greater difficulties than their local counterparts. As a result, underemployment and failure to utilize the skills of new immigrants is a major problem. Distance education courses have been developed as a part of bridging programs to address apparent knowledge and experience gaps of international candidates. There is a current lack of evidence as to whether technology facilitates or acts as a barrier to students for whom English is a second language.

This research explored the impact of technology upon learning outcomes within multicultural health professional programs. A major conclusion of this research is that culturally sensitive distance education can be provided for non-traditional students if courses are specifically designed to address a cluster of learning and social needs.

Keywords: Technology-based Learning, Distance Education, International Health Professionals, Employment Integration

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.132MB).

Dr. Lillie Lum

Associate Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University, Canada

Dr. Lum is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and School of Health Policy in the Faculty of Health at York University in Canada.

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