A year in cyberspace - notes from the bleeding edge 

David Parry, Teaching Fellow in Health Informatics 

Abstract Since July 1998 we have been teaching an Internet-based distance learning course in health informatics (http://basil.otago.ac.nz:800). The development of this course and the experiences we have had running it are described in this talk. The course was delivered using paper materials, a face-to-face workshop, a CD-ROM and Internet communication tools. We currently have about 45 students around New Zealand, a mixture of physicians, nurses and other health staff. Some teaching methods have worked, some haven't, but in the process we have learned a number of valuable lesson The talk will focus on the educational and practical aspects of running this diploma.