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Taking medical students’ learning high tech

Wednesday 21 October 2015 8:53am

A virtual patient waits to interact with medical students.

The University’s Christchurch campus is developing a more high-tech approach to teaching medical students including interactive animations of real-life medical scenarios and doing tests online.

E-learning coordinator Scott Hallman says today’s medical students are digital natives who expect their education will be as high-tech as the rest of their lives.

This means moving towards a paperless system where everything the learner needs is in one digital place, including papers they need to read before lectures, animations portraying real medical situations and all assignments and grades.

Mr Hallman says the focus of improvements is to give a better service to learners and enhance their learning journey.

E-learning initiatives trialled on the Christchurch campus to date have included: ‘online logbooks’ which record a student’s activity in clinics and hospitals; mock digital scenarios with patients which examiners can view online and mark concurrently; and marks uploaded instantly so students get immediate personal, online access their exam or assessment results.