6 November 2013: Assessment of dispositional behaviours: The case of Otago Virtual Hospital

Presenters: Swee-Kin Loke, Phil Blyth and Judith Swan (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Hosted by Dr Mathew Hillier, Teaching and Educational Development Institute, University of Queensland, Australia starting 07:00AM UST/GMT. Duration 53 minutes.

Virtual worlds are suitable environments to enact scenario-based learning (SBL). The Otago Virtual Hospital is one such virtual world where medical students role-playing as junior doctors provide medical care to virtual patients in realistic scenarios. However, the assessment of SBL in medical education has either been inadequate or incongruent. In this webinar, the presenters described a conceptual framework to more validly assess dispositional behaviours (e.g., compassion, open-mindedness) in scenario-based activities and provided an empirical illustration from a case study conducted with 11 students. The ideas presented are applicable to educators with an interest in assessing SBL, particularly in the fields of medical, legal, and business education. The Otago Virtual Hospital located on the OpenSim based New Zealand Virtual World Grid (NZVWG).

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