Title MHeL Millennium Hospital E-Learning
Project Number 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-04058
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text As progress in medicine becomes faster, the necessity to up-date professional knowledge is increasing. The sectoral fragmentation and the weak comparability and recognition of qualifications gained by doctors throughout Europe impact negatively on their mobility, competitiveness and potential employability. Fragmentation also implies low levels of investment and innovation capability. The main objective of the Mhel project was to provide effective e-learning tools, standards, innovative methodologies and harmonized credit frameworks with a view to enhancing collaboration for a common European system for Continuing Medical Education, adequate to the emerging training needs and to the quality demanded in the health sector.
Future development of skills needs and supply is at the top of the EU policy agenda. Though Continuous Medical Education (CME) is a priority for innovation, inclusive growth and jobs (EU action in health 2014-2020), it is often unregulated: qualifications are mainly recognized through case-by-case assessment by national authorities. eHealth - reducing market fragmentation through benchmarking, standardisation and certification - is one of the 6 European Innovation Partnerships of the flagship initiatives Digital Agenda and Innovation Europe. The MHeL project has fostered synergies between professional associations, training providers, certification bodies and ICT developers to adapt in Italy, the European CME in minimal invasive surgery, and furthermore innovation, quality standards and solutions developed in 2 eHealth European best practices. Thus, transferring them in an open learning environment which embeds the Serious Games’ experience based and learner centred methodology, EU shared quality criteria and resources for the delivery of eLearning content in CME. The results have been integrated in a blended training path built on modules, competencies and learning outcomes, according to the UEMS’ standards; beneficiaries got a dual certification providing recognised credits in both Italy and Europe. Their competencies is recognisable, aligned to EU skills and labour-market demands, and better transferable in European health systems, further impacting on the harmonization of the Italian ECM (still based on learning inputs) to EU standards, awaiting a future shared EU framework. The eHealth technological framework, quality standards and resources, and the guidelines for their exploitation in Italy has been first tested in modules delivered by partners, then broadly transferred to the minimal invasive surgery sector on a modular base by Italian VET providers and professional associations.
MHeL has developed a virtual training tool by integrating three contributions:
1.Mirror project - learning methodologies and innovative ITC solutions;
2.mEducator project - sets of standards for high quality and full accessibility of the e-learning resources;
3.Italian ECM and European CME guidelines - learning outcomes based approaches and standards to deliver recognized, validated and transferable qualifications.
Description Firstly, a detailed analysis of the characteristics of the Italian educational system and the needs of the target groups has been carried out. According to these needs a set of formal and quality standards from the mEducator project has been selected in order to fully identify, access and exploit eHealth resources. Secondly, training methodologies based on Serious Games and gaming solutions - tested by the Mirror Project - has be adapted and transferred to the Italian context and to the target sector. Thirdly, an e-learning environment - embedding the quality standards for accessibility and use of educational contents – has been developed and exploited to deliver training paths which integrates the Mirror technological and methodological solutions and the dual accreditation system aligned to the Italian and the European qualification framework. Fourthly, the proposed innovations have been tested through a pilot training course, and after evaluation and review, have been transferred on a broader level: the medical Associations have offered the course to thousands of associated specialists. And finally, at the conclusion of the project, the potential exploitability of solutions transferred have been analysed under a LLL perspective for higher education and training systems, thanks to SEGI and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Hence, the results have impacted positively on the Italian Health system as a whole.
Open and distance learning
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
transparency and certification
MHel has developed:
-An e-learning environment which integrates quality standards for accessibility and use of educational contents,
-An e-learning platform which offers 3D training paths based on Serious games e Gaming methodology,
-An e-learning tool which delivers Italian ECM and European CME to specialists in minimally invasive surgery;
-Recommendations for Italian and European institutional key actors for the alignment of Italian and European continuous medical education systems;
-Guidelines for the exploitation of the tested training solution and for the transferability to other sector and context.