E-Conference ICIMTH 2020 (3 – 5 July) – Publication of two full papers

Two full paper submissions of the HiGHmeducation consortia were accepted for the 18th International Conference on Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare (ICIMTH 2020), from 3-5 July 2020. The conference attracts scientists working in the field of Biomedical and Health Informatics from all continents, and this year it was held as a Virtual Conference, due to the COVID-19 pandemic [1]. On July 3rd the full paper “The HiGHmed Didactical Framework for Online Learning Modules on Medical Informatics: First Experiences” was presented. Within the HiGHmeducation consortium various online learning modules shall be developed by members of the consortium to address the increasing need for skilled professionals in a networked and digitalized healthcare system. Transferability of these modules to other locations is one main objective for the design of online learning modules. Thus, a didactical framework for online learning modules was developed. To ensure feasibility of the framework, the participating universities were analyzed concerning availability of e-learning support structures and infrastructures including learning management systems (LMS). The analysis especially focuses on the various LMS learning tools and their suitability for the framework. The framework is the basis for 12 HiGHmeducation online learning modules of which a part has firstly been conducted in winter 2019/20 and leads to a comparable structure of the modules [2]. Further reading: PubMed. Link to the video presentation: Video

On July 5th the full paper “Lessons Learned: Implementation of a Nationwide Innovative E-Learning Module for Health Enabling Technologies” was presented. E-learning enables students to participate in online courses across universities. As a part of the HiGHmed joint teaching and training program, we developed an e-learning module entitled Health Enabling Technologies and Data based on the Gilly Salmon 5 stage model didactic concept. This course was implemented at a German Technical University in the winter semester 2019/20 and evaluated by the students after completion. Student evaluation indicates good teaching presence but improvable social presence. From the perspective of the lecturers, we have learned that interactivity should be enhanced to improve the students' engagement, and incentives shall be established to foster students' active participation. Therefore, we will revise the course for the next term by (i) web conferences, (ii) assessment of interactivity, and (iii) clear "take-home" messages [3]. Further reading: PubMed. Link to the video presentation: Video

[1] Mantas J. The Importance of Health Informatics in Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020;272:487-488. doi:10.3233/SHTI200602. [2] Witte ML, Behrends M, Benning NH, Hoffmann I; HiGHmeducation Consortium, Bott OJ. The HiGHmed Didactical Framework for Online Learning Modules on Medical Informatics: First Experiences. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020 Jun 26;272:163-166. [3] Warnecke JM, Wang J, Deserno TM. Lessons Learned: Implementation of a Nationwide Innovative E-Learning Module for Health Enabling Technologies. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020 Jun 26;272:39-42.