Creating, Searching for, & Repurposing Medical Content over the Semantic Web: Hands-on mEducator 3.0 technologies

Introduction:

Stathis Konstantinidis, BSc, MSc clearly explained the aim of the presentation and provided an overview of Melina+. Clean and clear PowerPoint slides allowed the audience to see how Melina + is a part of a larger content. Melina+ contains a variety of medical educational resources.

Procedural:

Very early in the presentation Stathis engaged the audience by asking them to go to mEducator and create a user account. He slowly and patiently provided time for the audience to interact with the platform. Assistants in the audience helped participants to connect to the platform and become familiar with the system. Participants were invited to explore aspects of the platform in a relaxed manner. In a methodological manner Stathis showed the audience how to tour the meta data for the platform. The content descriptions of the medical situations and interventions are clearly presented and very aesthetic in nature. A phone number and skype connection are provided for presented medical interventions, thereby demonstrating access potential to the platform by patients and other individuals. Keywords are made available on the platform sites, as well. Furthermore, Stathis demonstrated how intuitive it is to search for a specific medical condition, such as cancer, and then one has the chance to click on a video or other materials for viewing and educational purposes. Stathis reviewed the licensing of meta data procedures with the audience and pointed out the topic of “licensing” will be presented at the MEI 2012 conference this weekend. The presenter demonstrated the “repurposing” of a video embedded in the platform. This process is very clear and one needs to pay close attention to the attributes chosen when setting up a Creative Commons license. Providing credit to the authors of materials being shared is important and easy to do.

Educational:

Stathis Konstantinidis and Dimitris Sapachos, BSc, MSc asked the audience to click on a YouTube video link embedded in the platform, view the video, and then provide evaluative feedback. This activity demonstrated the presenters’ knowledge of the benefit of “doing” in continuing education and by requesting audience participation through evaluation (rating meta data) of the video indicated evaluation of materials presented. The audience was very focused and engaged during the whole presentation. To further the educational benefits associated with this presentation, Dimitris demonstrated how participants may “friend” users within the online platform. This allows for future collaboration and relationships to flourish by contacting people in Melina+. The request and acceptance process was reviewed for the audience.

Interesting comments and questions followed the presentation. Overall, the presentation was orchestrated in a very calm and organized manner.