With their nutritional therapies, dieticians make an important contribution to prevention, therapy and rehabilitation in the health sector. However, therapeutic approaches and diagnoses in dietetics vary from country to country in Europe.
The EU project IMPECD (Improvement of Education and Competences in Dietetics) led by the St. Pölten UAS developed virtual best practice case studies for nutritional therapy in Europe. The project team used a standardised process model which was developed in collaboration with international partners.
By means of an internationally accessible online course (“MOOC” – Massive Open Online Course), students of dietetics now have the possibility to practice on virtual patients. MOOCs are open online courses and lectures usually attended by a large number of participants, which are increasingly offered by higher education institutions.
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Lecturers and researchers from the study programme Dietetics designed the courses together with the universities of Antwerp (BE), Fulda (DE), Groningen (NL) and Neubrandenburg (DE). Overall, the course includes nine different clinical case studies. It has been publicly accessible since September 2018 at impecd.eu.
“The project aims at an international exchange and quality improvement in the training of dieticians. With the open online courses, students are now able to practice on and discuss the same virtual cross-country case studies”, explains Gabriele Karner, head of the study programme Dietetics at the St. Pölten UAS. “This innovative way of knowledge transfer enhances the quality in study and work and promotes international exchange.”
“For the project, in order to implement European guidelines for nutritional therapy, we had to turn theoretical knowledge into virtual case studies. I am very pleased that this exciting international project has now been awarded”, adds Daniela Wewerka-Kreimel, UAS lecturer in Dietetics at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences who co-developed the case studies and accepted the award on behalf of project manager Alexandra Kolm.
The project was funded by the European Union within the framework of the EU programme “Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership for Higher Education”.