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Healthcare professionals have partnered with us to design and develop a wide variety of online learning solutions showcased below.

Holographic and 3D Imaging

Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University have recently collaborated with Microsoft to bring Microsoft HoloLens to both patients and students. Microsoft describes HoloLens as a “see-through holographic computer” that allows high-definition holograms to integrate with the physical space around you, creating a mixed reality. HoloLens is huge for medical education. One of the biggest benefits will be the ability for students to see 3D hologram examples of internal organs and systems based on images of fresh cadavers and digital radiographic studies. The technology team at CCLCM and anatomy faculty are working with Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Medical Art & Photography and Biomedical Engineering to build rich, interactive learning experiences for anatomy education. Initial development will focus on a prototype for thoracic anatomy for pilot testing in the medical school.

Augmented reality: 3D heart & lungs superimposed on photogrammetry of a thoracic dissection

Spaced Learning

A randomized study was conducted by Drs. Andrei Brateanu, Mehta and Spencer. A course using cognitive psychology principles of spaced learning was created in Moodle for incoming residents in Internal Medicine. The residents randomized to spaced learning showed increased retention of knowledge compared to those who received traditional learning.

Research Presentation on Quantified Results of Spaced Learning

Digital badges and Gamification

Digital badges can be used in medical education to track learners’ mastery of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) toward, for example, medical school graduation or maintenance of certification. The team did a pilot of using digital badges for the OB/Gyn clerkship. The concept of using digital badges in medical education was discussed in an article by Drs. Mehta, Hull, Young and Stoller in Academic Medicine. (Just imagine: new paradigms for medical education NB Mehta, AL Hull, JB Young, JK Stoller - Academic Medicine, 2013). You can read the full article in PDF format by clicking here.

Digital badge pilot shown in Mozilla Backpack

Point-of-Care Learning and QR Codes

Seventy percent of the information we need to have to do our work is obtained on the job. This is called informal learning or learning at the point of care. Being able to find information to do our jobs in an efficient manner is a critical skill in the digital age. One tool for enabling this is QR codes. These can be placed at appropriate locations (e.g., on a new device, or at the bedside) and caregivers can scan these codes with a mobile device and quickly look up information. Their learning can be tracked and they can be given credit for this point of care learning. The team has done a pilot project using QR codes to train caregivers regarding patients at risk of delirium in the hospital.

Similarly QR codes can be linked to online repositories of information like the Disease Management Project. A medical web publication by, the Disease Management Project provides healthcare professionals with convenient, quick, credible and precise information to assist in patient care. Published online in 2002, the guide is continuously updated with new information and new chapters. The guide was also published as a printed book “Current Clinical Medicine,” Second Edition by Elsevier. Thousands of people access the material every month using desktop and mobile devices, and it remains the centerpiece of the Clinic's Center for Continuing Education.

Scan me to go to the Disease Management Project Scanning a QR code at point of careResearh Presentation on Spaced Learning

Blended Learning

Blended learning provides education and training using both face-to-face instruction and online content. The example shown here is Thoracic-1 Anesthesia Rotation, which uses video, digital media, and presentations to prepare and inform residents to maximize their clinical learning experience.

Flipped classrooms are also a form of blended learning, providing students with online resources and assessments in self-directed learning. Classroom time is used for higher level discussion, review, and problem-solving.

Anestheia Residents' Training

Interactive Case Studies

Interactive case studies provide healthcare workers
with real-world situations to sharpen critical skills. The example shown here, A Case of Altered Mental Status, is designed to focus on key concepts within Geriatric Emergency Medicine.

GEM interactive case study


The Center for Continuing Education provides online activities using video, audio, interactive, and case-based studies. For over 15 years has been providing free CME opportunities online to health care professionals. In support of those who want the con- venience of anytime learning, the web site now offers
more than 400 free online CME activities from many different specialties.

Continuing Medical Education home page

Illustrations and Interactive Graphics

Diagrams, charts, photographs, illustrations and other informational graphics can be professionally enhanced. These pieces may offer learners additional insight into your educational content. Interactivity can be added in many cases to reveal specific information, offer feedback and aid in custom navigation.

Enhanced graphics

Interactive Exercises

For this client, we created interactive exercises that provide nurses with the skills and knowledge required for defibrillation. Learners have the opportunity to practice the steps in performing the paddles and multifunction electrode (MFE) pads defibrillation method.


Defibrillation exercise

Porting Clinical Knowledge to Academia

Want to learn more about the Student Nurse Portal and its creation? Read the article, “Student Nurses and the Electronic Medical Record: A Partnership of Academia and Healthcare”, which was coauthored by two of our team members; Lead Instructional Designer, Yolanda Campbell, and former Manager, Julia Shumway, along with clients from Nursing Education and Professional Practice Development.

The portal was developed by the Cleveland Clinic, the Deans’ Roundtable, and University Hospitals of Cleveland to help nursing students understand how data enables healthcare workers to provide optimal patient care.

Student Nursing Portal