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Running and finished Projects of researcharea eLearning in medicine since 2013

Virtual Patients and CAMPUS

Virtual Patients are an interactive realistic computer-based simulation of patientcare with the objective of (further) education and/or examination. The CAMPUS-system is concepted as such a realistic interactive case-based and multimedia-based learning program. The user acquires the learning matter interactive. Practically the user takes care of a patient in a virtual hospital from the anamnesis until the therapy and has to make all decisions by him/herself. The user gets respectively feedback on his decisions. The aim of virtual patients is to prepare the students as good as possible to care for real patients, but not to minimize the contact to real patients. Virtual Patients can complete and engross the classic types of education as seminars and education at the bedside in the sense of “Blended Learning”.

Electronic Testing in Medicine

By using the CAMPUS-system computerbased testing in medical studys can be conducted. This kind of testing is very efficient with certain type of questions and many participants. Furthermore CAMPUS generates signed videos consisting of individual screenshots. Like this it is possible to document afterwards accurate which answers the testees ticked off in the test. This is an important step in direction of legal certainty.

A.L.I.N.A Intelligent assistance services and personalized learning environments for knowledge and action support in interdisciplinary emergency rooms

The establishment of so called interdisciplinary emergency rooms in hospitals causes several problems concerning the professional qualification of the employees caused by practicing different disciplines. Further problems are high pressure in time and costs, heterogenous professional expertise and the use of different information systems and different medical techniques. The project A.L.I.N.A. pursues the goal to provide intelligent assistance services via internet for demand-oriented “in situ” support in the preclinical and clinical phase of the emergency supply for non-academic employees in the process flow of the interdisciplinary emergency room. Furthermore personalized learning environments ought to be established to support the mediation of theoretic and clinical-practical basics independent of place and time. The software solutions will be prototypical implementations, that will be tested in model clinics with non-academic employees in cooperation with doctors. Finally approaches for business models will be developed to realize the project in long-term. The project partners in A.L.I.N.A. are the university medicine in Göttingen, the university clinic of the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg and the german research center for artificial intelligence Berlin.


Along with Prof. Dr. habil. Erich Kasten (professor for neurophysiology and research methods at the MSH Medical School Hamburg) memory trainings methods for patients with brain injuries are implemented into webprojects and provided for free use. The web projects are made by students as their bachelors thesis. These projects can be seen here.

Virtual Classroom

The “virtual classroom” provides patients in the pediatric clinic, who have to be treated stationary for a longer time a connection from their bed via laptop and camera to their school for a few hours per day. The aim of this is not to mediate learning matter but to hold up the social contacts to schoolfellows and friends, so that after the recovery the reintegration into the class is relieved. This project is provided along with the foundation “Große Hilfe für kleine Helden”. A new video article of the Heilbronner Stimme is reporting about the project.

Formative Testing with Virtual Patients

The aim of formative testing is to identify strenghts and weaknesses of the learner and to support those in the best way in the process of learning. Within the scope of the project “Formative Testing with Virtual Patients” the activities of the users while working on the virtual patients are analyzed and learners and teachers get customized feedback. The learners are able to reduce their identified deficits of knowledge while the teachers are able to adapt their lessons on to identified deficits of the teached group.

General Medicine Compact

In order of the medical faculty of the WWU Münster a monitoring system for the CAMPUS-system will be developed. This enables the tutor to identify deficits in working the cases of the particular group of students and to adapt their courses therefore specific. In an overview it will be possible to review the results of working the cases like e.g. the average time of adaptation or the correct answered questions. The results are sorted by anamnesis, suspicion diagnose, examination, diagnose and therapy. This makes it possible to analyse the results detailed and to get the learning successes and deficits of the particular group of students.


“labcoatDuel” is part of the project ubiquitous learning with mobile end devices in medical studys, which is performed by order of the medical faculty of the WWU Münster. In this project the e-learning-tool “MI-Quiz” is enhanced for mobile end devices for supporting the learning of factum knowledge in the study. A particularity is the use of gaming elements to increase the motivation of the students for using and like this to tighten the factum knowledge by regularly and frequently repeat. Especially in medical studys a wide knowledge base is significant for the acquisition of clinical competences.