Treating Virtual Patients

First tests in EU-Project for Online-Training in Nutritional Therapy

First tests in EU-Project for Online-Training in Nutritional Therapy

What people eat has a substantial impact on diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer. With nutritional therapy, dieticians make a valuable contribution to maintaining health.

However, the approaches to diagnosis and therapy in dietetics differ from country to country. Led by St. Pölten UAS, the EU-project IMPECD (Improvement of Education and Competences in Dietetics) is developing uniform standards for nutritional therapy in Europe. The first tests took place recently on virtual patients.

Innovative learning opportunity for qualified personnel

The EU-project IMPECD (Improvement of Education and Competences in Dietetics) designs uniform standards for nutritional therapy in the form of a freely accessible online course (Massive Open Online Course - MOOC). MOOCs (pronounced Muugs) are open online courses and lectures usually with a large number of participants. For several years, such courses have been increasingly used by universities.

In the IMPECD project, a MOOC is being designed with which dieticians can train on virtual patients. The course will be freely accessible to universities after completion of the project in 2018. "This innovative learning opportunity promotes quality in studies and the profession as well as international exchange. Highly qualified personnel is the key resource of the health sector. The IMPECD project aims to increase the quality of the training and expertise of dieticians", explained Project Head Alexandra Kolm from the Institute of Health Sciences at St. Pölten UAS.

Project IMPECD (Improvement of Education and Competences in Dietetics)

The project is financed with European Union funds in the framework of the EU-programme “Erasmus + Strategic Partnership for Higher Education”. Responsibility for the content of this article is borne solely by the authors; the Commission is not liable for the further use of the information contained therein. The project, which is coordinated by St. Pölten UAS, started in September 2015 and runs until September 2018. The Service and Competence Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning (SKILL) and the Institute of Creative\Media /Technologies (IC/M/T) at St. Pölten UAS supports the scientific project team didactically and technically in the development of the online course.

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