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Contextualised learning of the clinical and basic sciences with virtual patients PROCEEDINGS

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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The importance of integrated learning of the clinical and basic sciences in the undergraduate medical curriculum led the University of Southampton Medical School to develop Virtual Patients. They are the key to delivering the patient-centred curriculum in the School’s BM5 Programme. A virtual patient is to provide a framework with which to link curriculum activities in the week helping students reflect upon and integrate their learning and assess their knowledge. Two models are developed using Laurillard’s Conversational Framework with an emphasis on feedback, interactivity and visual illustration of clinical process. Prototypes are developed for two courses. Key features include patient and doctor consultations illustrated in animations, and clinical and basic science questions presented in a clinical context. Materials from other curriculum activities are integrated as part of feedback. Questions are linked to the learning outcomes and students receive individualized feedback on how to improve their knowledge against each learning outcome.

Citation

Choi, S., Bryant, T., Parry, M., Hammerton, M., Li, M. & Ault, E. (2008). Contextualised learning of the clinical and basic sciences with virtual patients. In C. Bonk et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2008 (p. 38). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


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