Background: Global accessibility and dissemination of developments in pediatric endocrinology prompted to examine how to develop an educational interactive e-SPE web portal. Methods: A systematic approach was used to identify the relevant aspects of accessibility and dissemination. An orientation at the big idea was made, executed by an analysis of the needs of student and teacher pediatric endocrinologists, a definition of the learning objectives, a research in educational literature and an exploration of ICT design specifications. Results: The intensive collaboration between medical, educational and information technology disciplines resulted in a portal design. The portal meets requirements of adult learning, stresses interaction between partners in learning and offers direct feedback during the learning process. The portal supports the development of not only knowledge but also competences both at junior and advanced levels. Conclusion: When the e-SPE portal is completed, the options for summative assessment will be examined as a medium for international certification in conjunction with local and national requirements ( Copyright

Adult learning, Assessment in competency-based learning, Development medical competencies, E-Learning,
Hormone Research in Paediatrics
This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/201444 - Investigation of the molecular pathogenesis and pathophysiology of Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) (EURODSD)
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Grijpink-Van den Biggelaar, K, Drop, S.L.S, & Schuwirth, L. (2010). Development of an e-learning portal for pediatric endocrinology. Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 73(3), 223–230. doi:10.1159/000284366