An innovative blended learning approach using virtual patients as preparation for skills laboratory training: perceptions of students and tutors

Lehmann, Ronny; Bosse, Hans Martin; Simon, Anke; Nikendei, Christoph; Huwendiek, Sören (2013). An innovative blended learning approach using virtual patients as preparation for skills laboratory training: perceptions of students and tutors. BMC medical education, 13, p. 23. BioMed Central 10.1186/1472-6920-13-23

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BACKGROUND Currently only a few reports exist on how to prepare medical students for skills laboratory training. We investigated how students and tutors perceive a blended learning approach using virtual patients (VPs) as preparation for skills training. METHODS Fifth-year medical students (N=617) were invited to voluntarily participate in a paediatric skills laboratory with four specially designed VPs as preparation. The cases focused on procedures in the laboratory using interactive questions, static and interactive images, and video clips. All students were asked to assess the VP design. After participating in the skills laboratory 310 of the 617 students were additionally asked to assess the blended learning approach through established questionnaires. Tutors' perceptions (N=9) were assessed by semi-structured interviews. RESULTS From the 617 students 1,459 VP design questionnaires were returned (59.1%). Of the 310 students 213 chose to participate in the skills laboratory; 179 blended learning questionnaires were returned (84.0%). Students provided high overall acceptance ratings of the VP design and blended learning approach. By using VPs as preparation, skills laboratory time was felt to be used more effectively. Tutors perceived students as being well prepared for the skills laboratory with efficient uses of time. CONCLUSION The overall acceptance of the blended learning approach was high among students and tutors. VPs proved to be a convenient cognitive preparation tool for skills training.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Assessment and Evaluation Unit (AAE)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education

UniBE Contributor:

Huwendiek, Sören

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1472-6920

Publisher:

BioMed Central

Language:

English

Submitter:

Patrick Jucker-Kupper

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2014 16:07

Last Modified:

10 Dec 2014 10:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/1472-6920-13-23

PubMed ID:

23402663

Uncontrolled Keywords:

blended learning, virtual patients

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44939

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44939

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