The Generation 4.5 Project

The Generation 4.5 project is a continuum project from the JISC funded Generation 4 project. The Generation 4 project successfully transformed the Problem-Based Learning course in Medicine with interactive virtual patients (i.e.interactive computer simulations of patients) which allowed students to take patient active management decisions and explore the consequences of their actions. This has been widely and effectively disseminated within Medicine and Healthcare. This benefits realisation proposal targets the ethics community, whose teachers originate from a wide range of primary disciplines (e.g. law, philosophy, medicine) to embed VP resources into their curriculums and therefore disseminate the G4 experience much more widely.

SGUL also trialled a Virtual Patient in their ethics lecture through iEthics. From this project a number of ethics virtual patients were created for use in medical ethics lectures.

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