Message from Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education

You are cordially invited to attend the following seminar organized by the Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education (IMHSE):

Title: Staff and Professional Development Seminar on “Virtually there: A journey to the HKU Medicine Island for teaching and learning.”
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Sandwiches will be provided)
Venue: Seminar Room 5, LG1/F, Laboratory Block, Faculty of Medicine Building

Dr Deneen, Christopher Charles
Professor US Khoo, Professor, Department of Pathology, LKS Faculty of Medicine
Dr Joanna Ho, Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, LKS Faculty of Medicine
Mr Brant Knutzen, Lecturer – MSc IT in Education, Faculty of Education

This seminar reports on the current progress of two funded grant projects awarded to Dr Joanna Ho and Dr NS Wong from the Department of Biochemistry and Prof US Khoo from the Department of Pathology. The projects aim to enhance teaching and learning by creating educational experiences in the virtual environment. Mr Brant Knutzen, the technical expert and Co-I on these projects will briefly explore the feasibility of virtual environment scenarios for Anatomy, Surgery, and Intensive Patient Care.

Attributed by Mr Knutzen’s technical expertise in the constructions of the virtual environment, the HKU Medicine Island is now just a few clicks away from us. Since the core objective of the project from the Department of Biochemistry is to explore the potential functionalities of such a novel virtual space in stimulating effective teaching and learning, Dr Ho will share her experience of a trial lesson where she invites her students to the virtual island where bots (virtual patients) were set up in the virtual hospital beds to facilitate implementation of patient scenarios and subsequent lab assays were also set up on the virtual lab benches furnished with recognizable equipment from the real biochemistry teaching laboratory. The observations gathered on the student’s reactions when being introduced to such simulations and the intriguing effects on their learning stimulation will be discussed.

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