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Virtual Patients

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The e-Learning Unit is involved in a number of different projects to develop and evaluate Virtual Patients (VPs) for their applicability in a medical and healthcare programme. A VP is defined as: ‘an interactive computer simulation of real-life clinical scenarios for the purpose of medical training, education, or assessment’.

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Mobile Apps
eLU has created the following mobile applications to enhance learning for medical students and educators.

  • ECG Genius: To help students develop and test knowledge on ECG interpretation.
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    TGCA App

  • The Genetics Counselling App (TGCA): Visual explanation of chromosomes from body to gene level and most common types of Mendelian inheritance.
  • RevisePsych: Psychiatric assessments, Diagnosis, Treatments and Services.
  • i-Author:  Allow academics and teachers to create Virtual Patient scenarios that can be delivered to students with ease
  • MedEdEthics: Ccollection of medical ethical and legal scenarios aimed to provoke thinking around ethico-legal decision making that imitates the real clinical setting.
  • MedAssess: deliver a suite of interactive formative assessment VPs to compliment Problem-Based Learning cases
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Interactive Clinical Image (ICI)
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Example ICI

Interactive Clinical Images (ICI) allow learners to review a clinical image, whether a photograph, scan or X-ray, or ECG, and to interpret, mark and annotate the images to display the key features that they identify within the image. The ICI tool then allows an expert annotation to be overlaid, so that learners can formatively assess their own efforts. ICIs are designed to supplement other resources and learning experiences, and can be embedded into other platforms, from websites to Virtual Patients.

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OpenLabyrinth
openlabyrinth-logoOpenLabyrinth is an open source web application that allows users to author and/or play educational or decision based activities such as Virtual Patients (VPs). SGUL uses OpenLabyrinth as the primary system for delivering virtual patients as part of its problem based learning (PBL) sessions. The e-Learning unit gives training on how to create and deliver VPs in OpenLabyrinth and also uses the system in a variety of educational research projects such as WAVES, TAME etc.

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Clinical Skills Online (CSO)
CSO is aimed at providing online videos csodemonstrating core procedural and communication skills common to a wide range of medical and health-based courses. These videos are freely available to anyone using them for educational, personal and non-commercial purposes.

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