“ICT e-modules on HistoPathology: a valuable online tool for students, researchers and professionals - HIPON”, is the title of a project co-financed by the Lifelong Learning Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, The Commission of the European Union, and launched at the beginning of 2013.
HIPON has resulted in a well-structured and user-friendly, open resource, multi-language, e-learning platform. Its innovative aim is to convey professional experience in pathology, without borders of languages, costs, technical skills or data. One of the HIPON strong points is the project’s good potential for uptake by a significant user community, directly addressing a health education area of high public interest with a practical and achievable solution.
The educational product was generated for the area of histopathology in order to be exploited by all educational sectors (both public and private), either in distant learning process or physical teaching process. The multiple educational programs provided by the platform are specifically tailored to the needs of students (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students), researchers, beginner residents and professionals in pursuit of vocational training; HIPON is considered a significant platform for multinational training and vocational activities, providing flexibility to both instructors to remotely prepare courses, and students/ pathologists to attend pre- and after- course activities. Furthermore, the program is free for use and is initially available in five languages (English, Greek, Croatian, Dutch and Macedonian) to several institutions throughout the world.
Figure: The HIPON e-learning platform. Overview section of the “Urinary Bladder” chapter. Note the provision of multilingual availability at the top right of the platform.
The platform is addressed to a significant user community throughout the world, offering the great chance to develop the practical skills needed in the immense field of modern pathology.