Harmonized European Dermato_Venereology Undergraduate blended Learning Implementation and Training)

  • Pujol Vallverdu, Ramon Maria (Principal Investigator)
  • Gimenez Arnau, Ana Maria (Principal Investigator 2)
  • Annamari Ranki (Investigator)
  • Branka Marinovic (Investigator)
  • Del Marmol, Véronique (Investigator)
  • Girolomoni, Giampiero (Investigator)
  • Harald Paul Martin (Investigator)
  • Martine Bagot (Investigator)

Project Details

Description

About 20-25% of all physician consultations refer to problems of the skin. Thus Dermato-Venereology is a very important core component in the undergraduate training of medical students. However, less than 3% of doctors in Europe are specialized in Dermato-Venereology. The better the medical undergraduate training at the university level, the better the diagnostic and therapeutic decisions and the interdisciplinary consultation at the time when the student has reached the level of a licensed doctor in daily practice at the private office or in the clinic.
Currently an unwanted disproportion of contents and of teaching hours at the level of universities across Europe exists. The differences in lecture hours vary between 40 and 130 from country to country. There is a need to harmonize the contents (catalogue and special contents), the amount of teaching time and ways of lecturing (frames) and combining it with advanced didactic e-learning facilities.
In this project European partners will work on harmonization of the catalogue of learning objectives, formats and contents in the undergraduate training curriculum in Dermato-Venereology. In parallel the harmonization of the written new curriculum will be connected and supported by working out a blended e-learning program.

In the traditional setting at our universities lectures are presented in overcrowded lecture halls in front of a heterogeneous group of students, regardless of their different level of knowledge, language skills, or of their individual intellectual learning capacities. Little feedback is given neither to the teachers nor to the students.
In order to cope with these problems, the curriculum for medical undergraduate training in Dermato-Venereology should be renewed, revised and restructured. This is the first relevant part of the HEDU_LEARN_IT project.
„Blended learning“is the combination of classical teaching and learning tools (front lectures, practical courses, bedside teaching) with modern e-learning tools for self-directed learning, independent from time and space.
In the „flipped or inverted classroom“the teacher acts as moderator and mentor, receiving feedbacks and guiding the individual student according to his/her individual requirements. We owe this possibility to the capacity and flexibility of computer technology. Dermato-Venereology is a visual discipline and therefore especially suitable for the use of computer-based technologies which -depending on mutual consent- can reflect the knowledge profile of the individual user (student).
Objectives of the project

The aims of the Harmonized European Dermatology Undergraduate Training by Strategic Partnership (HEDU_LEARN_IT)-Program are:
(1) elaboration of standards for an harmonized undergraduate Dermato-Venereology-training in 8 European partner-universities; allocation of credit points (ECTS)
(2) promoting an innovative blended learning concept by combining classical teaching strategies with interactive e-learning tools (DOIT; www.cyberderm.net) in an inverted (flipped) classroom setting;
(3) disseminating of the project and promoting harmonisation of undergraduate training in Dermato-Venereology in Europe after finishing the funded-project-phase under the immaterial support of the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) and its Undergraduate Training Commission (UTC);
(4) sustaining the concept beyond the sponsored time frame

Number and profile of participants
The eight university partners are representatives of Dermato-Venereology from northern, eastern, southern and central European countries. They have longstanding experience in teaching and are highly motivated in promoting and running the project for improving undergraduate training at their universities and later to help to disseminate and to implement it to other countries in Europe. Not only the immediate project partners but also all members of the European Dermatology Forum (200 teaching professors from 28 European countries) have committed their sincere interest in the project. One partner has a more than 15 years experience n e-learning and running different platforms for e-learning (Swiss 4 Ward).

In short, the results of the project are as follows:
• a new basic and harmonized European Catalogue of Learning Objectives EHC-DV,
• a complete rewritten content of diagnoses,
• restructured curriculum for undergraduate training in Dermatology and Venereology in combining it according to a blended
learning concept in an inverted (flipped) classroom,
• recalculated amount of lectures, seminars, bedside teaching, workshops and recommendation of the new format,
• implementation of the new curriculum at the 8 partner universities
• dissemination and exploitation of the new curriculum to EU countries and universities beyond the 8 primary partner universities
AcronymHEDU_LEARN_IT
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/09/1831/08/21

Collaborative partners

  • University of Helsinki - Helsingin Yliopisto
  • University of Zagreb
  • Università degli Studi di Verona
  • Otto-von-Guericke Universitat Magdeburg (lead)
  • Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7 (PARIS7)
  • Free University of Brussels
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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