Open University of the Netherlands, CELSTEC

CELSTEC
The Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) was founded in 1983 as an independent, government-funded institute for open, higher distance education. It contains several faculties, teaching subjects as diverse as law, informatics, environmental science, management science, psychology, and culture studies. It is the faculties‟ brief to create effective, attractive, accessible and cost-effective forms of higher education, using new technologies. The OUNL also conducts research into teaching and learning, specifically but not exclusively in distance and lifelong learning settings. This task is carried out by the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC, formerly OTEC), which should help innovate higher education, by research into teaching methods, development of new learning technologies and by supporting implementation of new concepts and technologies. CELSTEC thus also carries out implementation projects, both inside the OUNL and with external partners from education, the wider public sector and the private sector.

Role:
The OUNL will share its expertise across several aspects of the project, in particular the assessment of the skills and competencies to be targeted by PATIENT, as well as the development of specific learning outcomes, and educational materials associated with the planned module. This work will build and elaborate upon work completed in previous FP7 EU-funded project HANDOVER. HANDOVER developed a new approach for teaching and learning required knowledge and skills regarding medical handover procedures.

Person:
Dr. Leonardo Lezcano
Assistant Professor in Personalised Health Applications

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Semantic Interoperability, clinical archetypes, electronic health record, clinical guidelines integration Leonardo Lezcano got a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Alcalá (2008) and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (2012) from the same university. Between 2008 and 2011 he taught DDBB, Language Processing and Algorithms Design at the Open University of Madrid (UDIMA). Currently, he holds a researcher position at UAH, where he gives a course on Medical Informatics as part of a Master Degree.

Currently, his research interests include the Semantic Web and Semantic Interoperability, both oriented to the Healthcare domain (clinical archetypes, electronic health record, clinical guidelines integration, etc.). His fields of research are also related to the Sensor Web, including emergency management, disaster response and decision support.

The doctoral thesis presented by Lezcano is titled “Combining ontologies and rules with clinical archetypes”, describing and evaluating an approach to translate definitions expressed in openEHR Archetype Definition Language (ADL) to a formal representation using ontology languages. The approach is implemented in the ArchOnt framework, which is also described. The integration of those formal representations with clinical rules is then studied, providing an approach to reuse reasoning on concrete instances of clinical data. Sharing the knowledge expressed in the form of rules is coherent with the philosophy of open sharing underlying archetypes, and it also extends reuse to propositions of declarative knowledge as those encoded for example in clinical guidelines.

He is a member of the Information Engineering Research Unit at UAH where he has collaborated in several projects as “Clinical DSS. R+D of a clinical decision support system´´ and CISEP `Intelligent Clinical Records for Patient Safety´. As a result of the latter, he is member of the openEHR development team which is in charge of the openEHR Java Implementation Project ( www.openehr.org).

Further details, as well as selected publications and main research projects can be found in: http://www.ieru.org/wiki/index.php5?title=Leonardo_Lezcano_Matías

Dr. Hendrik Drachsler
Assistant Professor in Technology-Enhanced Learning

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Hendrik studied educational sciences and computer sciences at the University of Duisburg, Germany. In 2002 he worked for the spin-off LOCALITE from the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, where he developed a knowledge management tool in the domain of medical navigation systems. The software was used for an online user support system to create the software manual and to create quality tests for the medical navigation systems based on ISO 9001 standard. In 2004 Hendrik started his academic career as research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information (FIT). He was granted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to extend his research on technology-enhanced learning. At FIT he participated in the development of a Hard- and Software simulator for transesophageal echocardiography. His Master thesis on sensorimotor and mental model training of medical professionals in transesophageal echocardiography was completed in May 2006 and was qualified as outstanding. In April 2006 Hendrik joined the Open University of the Netherlands where he conducted his PhD in the European funded Integrated Project TENCompetence (6th Framework Programme). He has more than 20 publications in the field of technology-enhanced learning and serves as reviewer and programme committee member for international conferences and journals. In his current work Hendrik is focusing on new methods to improve informal learning for lifelong competence development by the use of Web 2.0, social software and recommender systems, and mobile devices.

Related publications to the project:

  1. Drachsler, H., Kicken, W., Klink, M., Stoyanov, S., Boshuizen, H., Barach, P. (2012). Development of a Patient Handover Toolbox. British Medical Journal on Quality and Safety.
  2. Stoyanov, S., Boshuizen, H., Drachsler, H., Klink, M., Kicken, W., Barach, P. (2012). Mapping Clinical Handover Educational Interventions. British Medical Journal on Quality and Safety.
  3. Drachsler H (2005) The Echocardiography Virtual Reality Simulator; An Example of Sensorimotor Training in Medicine. Conference proceedings from Online Educa 2005, Berlin, Germany.
  4. Weidenbach M, Drachsler H, Wild F, Kreutter S, Razek V, Grunst G, Ender J, Berlage T, Janousek J (2006) EchoComTEE – a simulator for transoesophageal echocardiography. Anaesthesia 62:47-53.
  5. Weidenbach M, Drachsler H, Wild F, Kreutter S, Berlage T, Grunst G, Ender J, Janousek J (2006) Acceptance of a training simulator for transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) among anaesthesiologists. EACTA 2006 Abstracts: The 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists. Eur J Anaesthesiol 23: S24 4.
  6. Weidenbach M, Drachsler H, Wild F, Ender J, Schneider P (2005) Virtual Reality Simulator for Training in Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE). Presentation and Preliminary Results. Anesthesiology 103: A890.

Dr.  Slavi Stoyanov:
Senior Researcher, CELSTEC, OUNL

Summary of relevant skills and experience:

Slavi Stoyanov, PHD in instructional technology, is an experienced researcher and consultant in innovative design and evaluation of learning and training. His prior research interest is in the domain of technology enhanced learning in general, and performance support systems, creative problem solving, cognitive mapping, and design and evaluation of software applications, in particular. He is involved in several European projects, one of them, HANDOVER, is in the domain of healthcare.

Related publications to the project:

  1. Stoyanov, S., Boshuizen, H., Drachsler, H., Klink, M., Kicken, W., Barach, P. (2012). Mapping Clinical Handover Educational Interventions. British Medical Journal on Quality and Safety.
  2. Drachsler, H., Kicken, W., Klink, M., Stoyanov, S., Boshuizen, H., Barach, P. (2012). Development of a Patient Handover Toolbox. British Medical Journal on Quality and Safety.
  3. Stoyanov S, Hoogveld B, Kirschner PA (2010) Mapping major changes to education and training in 2025. JRC Technical Note JRC59079. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
  4. Nadeem D, Stoyanov S, Koper R (2009) Social support system in learning network for lifelong learners: A Conceptual framework [Special issue]. Int J Cont Eng Ed Life-Long Learn 19: 337-351.
  5. Bozhilov D, Stefanov K, Stoyanov S (2009) Effect of adaptive learning style scenarios on learning achievements. Int J Cont Eng Ed Lifelong Lear 19: 381-396.
  6. Stoyanov S, Kommers P, Bastiaens T, Martínez Mediano K (2008) Performance support system in higher engineering education – introduction and empirical validation. Int J Cont Eng Ed Lifelong Learn 18: 491-506.
  7. Stoyanov S, Kirschner P (2007) Effect of problem solving support and cognitive style on idea generation: Implications for Technology-Enhanced-Learning. J Res Tech Ed 40: 49-63.