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mEducator

mEducator: Multi-type Content Repurposing and Sharing in Medical Education

Multi-type content re-purposing and sharing in medical education

Although there is an abundance of medical educational content available in individual EU academic institutions, this is not widely available or easy to discover and retrieve, due to lack of standardized content sharing mechanisms. The aim of mEducator BPN is to implement and critically evaluate existing standards and reference models in the field of e-learning in order to enable specialized state-of-the-art medical educational content to be discovered, retrieved, shared and re-used across European higher academic institutions. Educational content included in mEducator covers and represents the whole range of medical educational content, from traditional instructional teaching to active learning and experiential teaching/studying approaches. It spans the whole range of types, from text to exam sheets, algorithms, teaching files, computer programs (simulators or games) and interactive objects (like virtual patients and electronically traced anatomies, while it covers a variety of topics. mEducator aims to (a) examine to what extend existing standards for the description of educational material can address all the possible types of medical educational material listed above, and make respective recommendations for standards extensions; (b) examine to what extend existing standards for educational material packaging and exchange among learning management systems are adequate to support state-of-the art educational content sharing in medicine and provide respective recommendations for standards extensions; and (c) examine to what extend a recently proposed standard-based reference model for automated educational content discovery, retrieval and sharing can be employed for medical educational content delivery and sharing, and provide respective recommendations for reference model extensions. As a BNP, mEducator will attempt to compare two contemporary ways of achieving this content sharing, namely, a solution based on Web2.0 technologies, and a solution based on semantic web services. mEducator will work closely with MedBiquitous Europe standardization body to adopt and implement MedBiquitous technology standards for medical and healthcare education in order to make medical content interoperable and shareable across the European Union. For this to succeed, material is re-purposed for multilingual, multicultural use and access. Provision of the material to non-partner institutes is planned with the foreseen (sustainability) aim to invite more institutes in the distributed pool. Last but not least, mEducator will invite students, educators, and health professionals (continuing education) to evaluate its outcomes.

Contact information

BAMIDIS Panagiotis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki POBox 323
54124 THESSALONIKI
GR
Tel. +30-2310-999310
Fax. +30-2310-999263

Participants

Coordinator: ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS, GREECE

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS GREECE
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY PLOVDIV BULGARIA
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS CYPRUS
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO FINLAND
UNIVERSITE DE NICE - SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS FRANCE
SUCCUBUS INTERACTIVE FRANCE
European Cervical Cancer Asociation FRANCE
DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE GREECE
SITUSI LIMITED IRELAND
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA ITALY
UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA ROMANIA
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UNITED KINGDOM
SAINT GEORGE'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL SCHOOL UNITED KINGDOM
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 19/02/2010

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