Virtual patients help out
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.