Case-based learning and virtual cases to foster critical thinking skills of students (CLEVER)
Three institutions (UMF, MU and UPJS) from three European countries (RO, CZ, SK) want to create a strategic partnership, in order to support the transfer of selected best educational practices of MEFANET’s institutions (MU and UPJS) to UMF. The mentioned best practices include case-based learning (CBL) in medicine, dentistry and pharmacology with the use of ICT platforms. The project duration is 36 months. The target groups are: (i) Students in all three countries (1st level: UMF, 2nd level: MU and UPJS, 3rd level: MEFANET and other associated networks), (ii) Teachers from UMF Iasi (42). Two skillsets will be delivered by lecturers from MU and UPJS to 42 teachers in UMF (faculty of medicine, fa. of pharmacy, fa. of dentistry). The first skillset is connected to pedagogy methods coming from scenario-based learning field (case-based learning, problem-based learning, team-based learning, hackathons, flipped classrooms, etc.). The second skillset is connected to various ICT platforms usable to support scenario-based learning didactic approaches - in medicine, of course connected to virtual patients (virtual cases). After analysis of needs performed in the field of (i) pedagogy and (ii) medical informatics, we will train the teachers and use them as authoring force supported by PhD students, in order to create 28 interactive virtual cases. The cases will be authored in Romanian language and later translated into English and French to be used also by international students in UMF, MU and UPJS. We do not aim only at complex and branched virtual cases, as we have already learnt that linear cases (scenarios) are very OK for dentistry (where complex branched cases are contradictory to the real practice) and might be also be very OK for pharmacy. We will, therefore, offer in this project three different platforms (all three have been already implemented by institutions involved in MEFANET): A) OpenLabyrinth (advantage=interoperability and standard - see croesus.eu), B) Interactive Linear Scenarios (advantage = already adapted for mobile devices - see sepsis-q.cz), C) Interactive Algorithms (advantage = adapted for mobile devices, offers decisions unlike in B - see akutne.cz).