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University of Iowa ophthalmologist wins distance learning award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert Folberg, Frederick C. Blodi Professor of Ophthalmology
at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, won first place in the distance
learning higher education category from Teleconference Magazine and TeleCon
for his interactive ocular pathology tele-education sessions.
Folberg has taught ocular pathology to ophthalmology residents at West
Virginia University and to students at the Allegmeines Krankenhaus in Vienna,
Austria using telecommunications technology. The lectures incorporate a
live, two-way video and audio hookup, a video-equipped microscope, slides
of case study pathology, computer graphics via CD-ROM, and the UI's F.C.
Blodi Eye Pathology Laboratory's World Wide Web page.
The project is a cost-efficient innovation for ophthalmology training
programs that do not have an eye pathologist on staff. Typically, these
institutions pay for a qualified ocular pathologist to travel to their
site and present the lectures. For less time and money, the UI project
enables an institution hundreds or thousands of miles away to benefit from
a UI professor's expertise. Likewise, institutions in the same city or
state could someday develop collaborative projects that share faculty and
reduce duplication of training programs.
TeleCon is the world's largest conference and trade show devoted to
teleconferencing and interactive multimedia communications. Each year,
Teleconference Magazine and TeleCon honor the most outstanding achievements
in the teleconferencing, business television, distance learning and telemedicine
Folberg received the award Oct. 27 at the 18th Annual Teleconferencing
Users conference in Anaheim, Calif.