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Revista de la Universidad Industrial de Santander. Salud

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DOMINGUEZ, Claudia C. et al. The virtual learning environment for training in taking Papanicolaou test. Rev. Univ. Ind. Santander. Salud [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.2, pp.107-116. ISSN 0121-0807.


The use of information and communication technologies, facilitate educational processes, allowing interaction from different places and at different times, facilitating self-learning and collaborative learning. It has been incorporated into a health area and adopted by oncological centers in different countries.


To design and evaluate an interactive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in order to update, train and support of nursing staff, in the performance of the Pap test, in support of the National Plan for Cervical Cancer Prevention.

Material and Method:

A virtual learning environment was created, supported by the Moodle Learning Management System, following the methodological model of instructional design ADDIE. In addition, a usability test was carried out, using a Likert-type survey to assess ease of learning, satisfaction and attractiveness.


The content of the course was included in three main phases: (a) Course Introduction: to introduce the students to the course, the teaching profile is presented, the norms of the same and the form of evaluation are established. (b) Development of Learning Units: Made from learning objects. (c) Evaluation, discussion and sharing of points of view and solving problems.


The virtual learning environment is adjusted to the specific needs of training in the technique of conventional pap smear test and meets the characteristics described in the literature: granulity, pedagogical flexibility, formalization, self-sustainability and usability.

Keywords : Nursing education; Papanicolaou test; nursing care; virtual learning environment.

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