“ICT e-modules on HistoPathology: a valuable online tool for students, researchers and professionals-HIPON” is a projectco-financed by the Lifelong Learning Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, The Commission of the European Union, coordinatedby Associate Professor Dr Andreas C. Lazaris from Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with the following partners: University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Croatia, Radboud University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (CARDET), Cyprus, and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, FYROM.
After almost 2.5 years of intense work, following equally intense preparations for this project, it can be stated that we have an autonomous, well-structured and user-friendly, multi-language e-learning platform, specifically focused on histopathology, which provides a valuable teaching tool for students, researchers and professionals.
Since January 2015, in each partner country, 15 selected users, with different levels of knowledge and teaching experience (students, residents and teaching/non-teaching pathologists) have been testing our platform, providing important feedback and evaluations. Based on these, our team is trying to make final corrections and improvements before the end of the project.
On 15th and 16th of May 2015, the 6th HIPON Consortium Meeting was successfully held in Skopje; all pending issues were discussed, and final arrangements for the implementations were laid down. The final HIPON Consortium meeting will be preceded by an international conference and workshop on Pathology education which is going to take place at the Athens National and Kapodistrian University on October 22nd and 23rd 2015.
We are happy to announce that our project was presented at the “New Perspectives in Science Education Conference” which took place in Florence, Italy, on March 20th and 21st , 2015; the virtual presentation and article were entitled “HIPON Project: Acquiring Medical Experience through an e-learning Platform. A New Perspective in Pathology Education” and were warmly welcomed. Furthermore, an additional paper entitled “Acquiring experience in pathology predominantly from what you see, not from what you read: the HIPON e-learning platform” is under publication in “Advances in Medical Education and Practice” PubMed Journal.
Despite of feeling a bit blue since the project has entered its final phase, when looking back and realising how much has been accomplished in such a limited time, we are filled with satisfaction and self-esteem.
The HIPON Consortium
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