Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) serves as the metropolitan University for southern Europe. Its Medical school consists of >500 academic staff members, and >3500 active students. In this project, AUTH participates with the Office of Education & the Lab of Medical Physics.

The Office of Medical Education, founded in 2002, is constantly attempting to re-structure & re-organise the way education is offered to medical students and professionals.

The Lab of Medical Physics (http://medphys.med.auth.gr/and specifically its Research Group of Medical Education Informatics (http://medphys.med.auth.gr/group/mei) focuses on exploring shifting paradigms in education and breakthroughs in information technologies for implementation in novel and impactful learning modalities in healthcare education. The group consists of a diverse scientific pool ranging from healthcare and education experts such as medical doctors and academics all the way to technology experts such as engineers IT specialists and programmers. Research in the MEI-RG follows several axes.

On one axis exploring contemporary pedagogies in medical (and dental) education focusing on experiential and active learning such as problem based learning and case/scenario-based learning; virtual patients and the gamification of content aims to provide medical students and overall healthcare learners with rich interactive educational content in order to facilitate their need for rapid absorption of the ever evolving healthcare curriculum. Mobile learning is also researched both from the technical development (use of contemporary technologies and environments for developing apps) and the pedagogical points of view.

On the second axis, innovations in remote healthcare education, through ICTs facilitate continuous healthcare training for professionals as well as citizens in remote areas by bringing the expert close to the learner and keeping the level of healthcare expertise consistent irrespectively of the professional’s distance from large educational or healthcare institutions (Universities, Hospitals). Recently the group has involved in the training of care givers (formal and informal ones too) for special target groups like the elderly, the disabled and the chronic patients.

On the third axis, extensive research in information communication technologies (ICTs), especially e-learning standards and semantic technologies, aims to facilitate the aggregation, repurposing and reusability of the ever expanding healthcare educational content with overall goal the consolidation of healthcare education resources, their discoverability and availability to the widest part of its consumers. The Group holds a huge experience in social media, “mashup” technologies, as well as, semantic web technologies, linked (open) data/big data and learning analystics with considerable involvement in funded national and international projects.

Members

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Dimitris Spachos
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Maria Nikolaidou