Natalia Stathakarou

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BACKGROUND Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been criticized for focusing on presentation of short video clip lectures and asking theoretical multiple-choice questions. A potential way of vitalizing these educational activities in the health sciences is to introduce virtual patients. Experiences from such extensions in MOOCs have not previously been(More)
Background. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are an emerging trend in online learning. However, their technology is not yet completely adjusted to the needs of healthcare education. Integration of Virtual Patients within MOOCs to increase interactivity and foster clinical reasoning skills training, has been discussed in the past, but not verified by a(More)
BACKGROUND Traditional learning in medical education has been transformed with the advent of information technology. We have recently seen global initiatives to produce online activities in an effort to scale up learning opportunities through learning management systems and massive open online courses for both undergraduate and continued professional(More)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are raising extensive attention across disciplines, while it becomes evident that rethinking of learning designs that work well in these environments is needed. In the field of medical education, where the technology of MOOCs is not widely adopted yet, we wish to investigate the potential offered by virtual patients for(More)
Background: High stake assessments are an important component in all stages of healthcare education that validate learners’ clinical performance but may also inform and promote the learning process. Informatics has been a driver to transform paper examinations to digital examinations (e-examinations) but knowledge about their efficient and effective(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to explore learners' perceptions of using virtual patients in a behavioral medicine Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) and thereby describe innovative ways of disseminating knowledge in health-related areas. METHODS A 5-week MOOC on behavioral medicine was hosted on the edX platform. The authors developed two(More)
KIUrologyX is a massive open online course in clinical urology that allows a broad range of people access to important clinical knowledge. It is a course that can be made available to an unlimited number of students, professionals, patients, and their kin.
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