Client: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus, Genetics Department
Challenge: To relate classical and molecular genetics concepts taught in the medical school classroom to the genetic information applied in the clinical setting.
- Collaborated with subject matter experts (the Genetics discipline chair and a genetic counselor) to create three interactive Genetics case scenarios for first-year medical students. Topics include Prenatal Genetics, Oncology Genetics, and Autism.
- Designed modules in Articulate Storyline and distributed them to the students through an online LMS (learning management system).
- Presented the case scenarios using mock physician reports, test results, and patient’s pedigree.
- Incorporated branching scenarios, taking the learner down various paths to different endings.
- Asked knowledge-based questions throughout each scenario, allowing the learner to self-assess his or her understanding of the important concepts. Students received immediate feedback after choosing an answer, confirming the correct answer or explaining why their choice was incorrect.
- Utilized a variety of interactive question types, including multiple choice and drag-and-drop ranking.
- Linked to outside resources (industry standard documents) to help students throughout the module.
- Corresponding research project, “Case Studies to Align Block 1 Genetics Course Objectives to Clinical Situations” won 1st place in the Faculty-Education poster category at 2015 VCOM Research Day.
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Three case-based e-learning modules created to relate classical and molecular genetics concepts taught in the medical school classroom to the genetic information applied in the clinical setting.
Introduction from the Oncology module gives instructions about how to proceed through the assignment.
Case presentation from the Prenatal Genetics module can be accessed throughout the module by clicking the link in the top right corner. In addition, the buttons on this slide link to mock physician reports and patient’s pedigree diagram.
Interactive pedigree diagram from the Oncology Genetics module. Learners hover over the icons to get more information. The buttons link to the pedigree key and instructions.
Branching question from the Oncology Genetics module asks learners if they would like to continue down the path with the chosen differential diagnosis.
Interactive activity from the Oncology Genetics module asks learners to drag-and-drop the buttons based on the level of risk.
SOAP Note document from the Prenatal Genetics module allows users to interpret relevant patient information from a mock report.
Interactive activity from the Oncology Genetics module asks learners to match family members from the pedigree to the best management strategy. Students receive immediate feedback if they are incorrect.
Interactive activity from the Prenatal Genetics module asks learners to answer multiple choice questions. Students receive feedback after choosing an answer to confirm the correct answer or explain why their choice was incorrect.
Branching question from the Autism module asks learners to choose which diagnostic test they would recommend. The hint button links to clinical or genetics resources that would be accessible in actual clinical situations.
Multiple choice question from the Autism module asks learners to interpret the pedigree diagram. Students receive feedback after choosing an answer to confirm the correct answer or explain why their choice was incorrect.
Final screen of the Autism module concludes with an epilogue of the story.
Screenshot from the Articulate Storyline software shows the storyboard of the slides and how they link to each other.
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