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Korean J Med Educ > Volume 12(1); 2000 > Article
Korean Journal of Medical Education 2000;12(1): 81-90. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2000.12.1.81
Experiences and Lessons of an On-line Biomedical Ethics Course
Young Mo Koo, Jung Hun Lee, Ivo Kwon, Sang deug Kim
1Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan.
2Department of Education, Seoul National University.
3Gachon Medical School.
4Department of Medical Law and Ethics, College of Medicine, Yonsei University.
The Korea's first-ever on-line biomedical ethics education class began in September 1999. The class, one of the 18 on-line lectures offered in the Fall Semester, 1999 by Seoul National University Virtual Campus, allows the Korean general public the opportunity to attend an SNU lecture. Although the discussion sites are limited to the randomly selected 40 students taking the 16-week-long course, any one can read the instructor's lecture on the Internet. (http://snuvc. snu.ac.kr/class/h601) The topics of this course include abortion, euthanasia, organ transplantation, human cloning and etc. As members of the team responsible for this unprecedented biomedical ethics education program in Korea, we, the authors, report the experiences that the team went through both in preparing for and running the course. We concludes from the experience that we had that 16 weeks are too long for an on-line course without academic credits or sufficient number of tutors. Also, we suggest that in the near future the on-line biomedical ethics course should be able to be used for continuing education of such medical professions as medical doctors and nurses.
Keywords: Biomedical ethics;On-line education
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