Department of E-Learning in Medical Education

By providing educational programs on instructional design and e-content development in the Middle East region, the E-Learning Department of Virtual School positively impacts the evolving needs of cyber issues by integration of blended learning and enhancement of e-learning knowledge through research and scholarship.




Department of E-Learning in Medical Education


The Department of E-Learning in Medical Education is the first and leading department in Iran which utilizes e-learning (blended) approach to deliver its programs. The department is a home to four nationally recognized faculty members who are engaged in cutting-edge research in e-learning that deals with Cyber issues. Our faculty members bring passion and enthusiasm to the on-line and off-line student-centered learning by means of constructivist approach, interactive support and continuous feedback.


Over 40 students are pursuing M.Sc. degrees in e-learning. Our department provides students with in-depth understanding of how to install e-learning across various contexts, cultures, platform and media. During the past two years, the department has offered several major areas of study, including but not limited to Applied Research Design in E-Learning, Learning Support System, Professional Ethics in Information Technology, Design and Production of Learning Material, Program Assessment and Quality Control, Information Security in Learning System, Tools and Technologies in E-Learning.


Our department is the place that brings motivated students, lecturers and researchers together. Our students follow high- standard educational programs in e-learning. In addition, we follow the standard curriculum of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and also offer further programs to enhance e-learning abilities of our students. Also, our exceptionally skilled faculty members are pleased to help the students achieve their full potential.


Considering flexibility and convenience, this department has two lines for delivering a program. A program may last three or five semesters for passing the courses and at least one semester for conducting thesis. In a 3- semester line, the average of 12 credits is offered each semester, and the prerequisites courses are presented at the first semester. In addition, the first semester concentrates on basic courses about the teaching-learning process and introduction to e-learning basics; the second semester concentrates on instructional design, and e-content development; and the last semester is focused on dissertation. However, in a 5- semester line, the students have an opportunity to extend their time by applying for a minimum of 6 credits each semester; most face to face teachings occur within the beginning and the end of the semester.


Our research groups carry out world-class research in the fields of E-Learning, Software & Systems, Pedagogy and Instructional Design. We appreciate all collaborative partnerships; we offer exceptional future prospects to all who collaborate with us.


Mission Statement


The department’s mission is to enhance the qualitative and quantitative development of e-learning education and train professional, knowledgeable and responsible academic staff in the master and PhD levels based on the human ethics and Islamic values in order to boost health society policies and expand science boundaries. The mission of the E-Learning Department is to help prepare outstanding educators, scholars, and researchers, and advance the profession of e-learning through research in the science and art of E-Teaching and E-Learning, the Effective Uses of Technology, and the Analysis and Development of E-Content and Instructional Design and Educational Policy.




1. How is the program taught?

  • The program is delivered as a blended learning with two face to face sessions at the beginning and the end of the semester and during the semester. With an access to a computer with an internet connection, you will have a great deal of flexibility in terms of where and how you study, while at the same time you are engaging in a structured, designed and supported experience alongside other students on your courses.

2. In which language the content is taught and how we will communicate with our teacher?

  • Although the contents are presented in English, the spoken language is Farsi. However, if there is a need to change the spoken language to English, it can be arranged.

3. Is it possible to do the dissertation in our country or is it necessary to choose a supervisor from the virtual school?

  • The first supervisor should be selected from the virtual school but you can design your study in your home land country based on your topic.

4. How long will it take?

  • Teaching takes place across three semesters in minimum or five semesters for those who want to study in a longer period of time.

5. How long can I have as an absence of leave?

  • You can skip a semester if you need to. The minimum and maximum times for completion of a program are three semesters and five years, respectively.

6. What is the acceptable grade?

  • The acceptable grade for each course is 14, but the average for all grades should not be less than 15.

7. What computer skills should I have?

  • The program does not require special computer skills. Although some courses do involve learning practical skills in course building and using digital resources; for example, if in a program the focus was on the educational aspects of learning technology use, then you may be encouraged to improve your current skill levels. You should, however, have basic computer skills to the level of feeling confident in accessing the internet, downloading and managing files, and installing softwares on your computer. If you would like to take part but are concerned about your level of computer skills, please contact us.



Academic Programs


The Department of E-Learning in Medical Education offers the following academic programs:

  • M.Sc. of E-Learning in Medical Education
  • M.Sc. of Educational Technology


TUMS Virtual School is committed to providing standard international education for all students, thereby following a precise framework of academic rules and regulations regarding its academic programs.



Facilities and Equipment of the Department


The facilities for the Department of E-Learning in Medical Education will be announced soon.



Department Administration

  • Head of Department: Mitra Zolfaghari, Ph.D.


Faculty Members


Mitra Zolfaghari, Ph.D. of E-Learning and Distance Education Planning

  • Associate Professor
  • Research Interests: E-learning (distance and blended learning), alternative medicine (therapeutic touch, relaxation, and holistic therapy), and action research
  • Email:



Contact Information


In case of any inquiries, please contact the Department of E-Learning in Medical Education through the following:

Tel.: (+98 21) 8897 8088

Fax: (+98 21) 8896 9594



Address: Department of E-Learning in Medical Education, TUMS Virtual School, Dolatshahi Alley, Naderi St., Keshavarz Blvd., Tehran, Iran



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