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eLearning in education and advanced training in neuroradiology: introduction of a web-based teaching and learning application

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New information technologies offer the possibility of major improvements in the professional education and advanced training of physicians. The web-based, multimedia teaching and learning application Schoolbook has been created and utilized for neuroradiology.


Schoolbook is technically based as a content management system and is realized in a LAMP environment. The content is generated with the help of the developed system and stored in a database. The layout is defined by a PHP application, and the webpages are generated from the system.


Schoolbook is realized as an authoring tool so that it can be integrated into daily practice. This enables the teacher to autonomously process the content into the web-based application which is used for lectures, seminars and self-study. A multimedia case library is the central building block of Schoolbook for neuroradiology, whereby the learner is provided with original diagnostic and therapeutic data from numerous individual cases. The user can put individual emphasis on key learning points as there are various ways to work with the case histories. Besides the case-based way of teaching and learning, a systematically structured way of dealing with the content is available.


eLearning offers various opportunities for teaching and learning in academic and scientific as well as in economic contexts. Web-based applications such as Schoolbook may be beneficial not only for basic university education but also for the realization of international educational programmes such as the European Master of Medical Science with a major in neuroradiology.

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Schoolbook was initially developed by the Department of Medical Informatics of the Hannover Medical School. Schoolbook for neuroradiology ( is the result of the work of two projects. TT-Net was a national project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (TT-Net project: ELAN is a project supported by the State of Lower Saxony (ELAN project: authors would like to thank Michael Hanna, PhD, for his support in proof-reading the final manuscript for publication.

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Zajaczek, J.E.W., Götz, F., Kupka, T. et al. eLearning in education and advanced training in neuroradiology: introduction of a web-based teaching and learning application. Neuroradiology 48, 640–646 (2006).

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