Training on e-Learning

The eLearning Unit (eLU) designs and implements training on eLearning tools for St George’s members of staff who deliver courses to undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Some of the examples are:

  • SGUL Education Day: eLU actively participates in the Education Day implementing workshops, presentations and stands for staff and students.
  • Teaching and Learning skills: As part of the Teaching and Learning Skills programme at SGUL we contribute to sessions on Teaching and Learning skills for staff from the NHS trust, the Undergraduate Intercalated BSc programme, and the Healthcare and Biomedical Education PgCert.
  • One to one advice: we are at the disposal of SGUL students and of staff that requires advice on eLearning upon request.

Virtual Patient Workshops

The e-Learning Unit delivers workshops in the creation and implementation of interactive virtual scenarios also referred to as Virtual Patients within the medical and healthcare discipline. These workshops introduce participants to scenario-based learning (SBL) as a whole, how to use SBL and provide an opportunity to participants to have an hands on experience in creating interactive virtual scenarios.

Workshops are tailored to be delivered from half day to two full day workshops. The workshops can be constructed covering a range of related topics which best fit the recipients’ needs. Typically these workshops concentrate on creating Virtual Patients for use in medicine and healthcare, though the processes described could be applied to any competency-based discipline.

The training can be held in SGUL, in the interested institution or Online.

Workshop objectives:

  • Increase awareness and encourage uptake of Virtual Scenarios in education.
  • Propose strategies for embedding Virtual Scenarios in problem-based learning, self-directed learning, classroom-based learning, and assessment.
  • Learn about the cognitive thinking behind decision making.

Main content: Introduction to virtual patients and examples of where they are used within the medicine and healthcare course at SGUL

  • Explanation of cognitive behaviours during decision making and the importance of it in competency based professions.
  • Introduction of Virtual Scenario authoring systems.
  • Tips on creating a good branched virtual scenario and what makes a good option.
  • Hands on experience in create an interactive virtual scenario.
  • Introduction to difference types of virtual scenarios for difference teaching settings
  • Understand the role of the teacher or facilitator when using virtual scenarios.


The e-Learning Unit has delivered a number of seminars on different e-learning topics, the seminars have been attended by relevant researchers and stakeholders. Thanks to our funded international projects, we are now working with a wide network of professionals, internationally known for their work on scenario based learning and virtual patients. See more information on some of the seminars carried out below:

We are our choices, Learning decision-making through scenarios



The Tower hotel London, June 2016.

  • Dr David Topps from Calgary University, Canada. Oh, No! What did he do now?
  • Dr Sophie Vaughan from St George’s, University of London. First, do no harm

Development of Interactive Scenario Based Learning in Medical Curricula across Europe                                                                                               



Jurys Inn Glasgow, September 2015

  • Dr Ella Iskrenko  from St George’s, University of London. Sustainability of the ePBLnet Network
  • Dr Terry Poulton from St George’s, University of London, Dr Panos Bamidis from Thessaloniki University and Dr Daniel Schwarz from Masaryk University. Dissemination of the ePBLnet Network

Designing and evaluating technology-enabled learning activities for health professional education

St George’s University of London, November 2013.

  • Dr Rachel Ellaway from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada: Designing things for learners to do: activity and deliberate practice in health professional education. VIDEO

  • Dr Nabil Zary from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden: How the design of learning activities can be aligned with evaluation, research and organisational strategies/priorities in order to sustain a continuous and integrated development of e-learning at St George’s, University of London.

  • Dr Jane Williams from University of Bristol, UK: Students as partners in the design of e-learning activities.