Virtual patients help out

18th February 2005 at 00:00
Listeners to Gardeners' Question Time, music students in a masterclass and students in tutorials may not be the focus of attention, but they learn from watching others interact with experts. Richard Cox of Sussex university is leading a TLRP project on how this vicarious learning works.

His team is concentrating on speech and language therapists in training, using a web-based multimedia database called PATSy that provides virtual patients for students and clinicians.

"We start by closely observing students' diagnostic processes and where they get stuck," says Dr Cox. "We're looking to see where the most common strengths and weaknesses are, so we can target issues for developing virtual learning resources."

They then produce video clips of students discussing difficult topics with other students or tutors. These clips will be integrated into the PATSy system, so future students can call them up when they have problems.

See www.tlrp.orgprojphase111cox.htm

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now