Integrating Virtual Scenarios using standards: Experiences of the WAVES project

June 5, 2017 10:40 AM – 11:30 AM

Luke Woodham, St George's University of London
Natalia Stathakarou, Karolinska Institutet
David Topps, University of Calgary
Martin Adler, Instruct
Andrzej Kononowicz, Jagiellonian University
Daniel Schwarz, Masaryk University
Dimitris Spachos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Panagiotis Antoniou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Virtual Scenarios (VS), Virtual Patients (VPs) and Scenario-based Learning have been shown to provide powerful learning experiences in medical education. However, the virtual scenario experience is often separated from learners’ other online activities as a consequence of systems that do not fully integrate, and data that is either not captured or not shared back with learners and tutors in a form that they can use.

One of the goals of the EC Erasmus+ funded WAVES (Widening Access to Virtual Educational Scenarios) project is to provide exemplar implementations that use MedBiquitous and other standards to make VS activities more accessible. Based upon the results of a needs analysis of a diverse educational community from different disciplines and industries, these exemplars will demonstrate mechanisms allowing VPs to be accessed seamlessly by learners without requiring additional authentication and knowledge of multiple systems, and which yield analytics that can be usefully seen, managed and understood by educators and learners alike. Widely-used systems to be considered will include VP platforms (OpenLabyrinth, CASUS), Learning Management Systems (Moodle, Canvas) and MOOC platforms (FutureLearn, OpenEdX).

This presentation will discuss the use of multiple standards to achieve this goal, including Experience API (xAPI) and the MedBiquitous xAPI profiles, the MedBiquitous VP standard, and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI). It will explore the challenges and benefits identified thus far in the project, as well as considering future challenges and how they may be addressed.