Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education

Online pedagogy and design

The online aspects of formal and informal health education are becoming ever-more important. The Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education (DICE) Research Group is leading the online pedagogy and design of high-quality educational resources, involving stakeholders and using co-creation principles. 

The DICE group, in close collaboration with the Health E-Learning and Media (HELM) team, carry out world-leading research into the development of online resources to support online pedagogy and design. These resources include reusable learning objects (RLOs), virtual patients (VPs) and massive open online courses (MOOCs). 

Central to our research are curriculum mapping and the effective use of e-portfolios to record learners’ achievements, reflections and learning. Together, these help to create a student-centred learning programme. 

DICE aims to enhance the cross-sector development of RLOs for lifelong learning in healthcare, as well as support communities of practice in e-learning. 

Research that makes an impact

Development and Implementation of Interactive Mobile E-learning Apps for European Nursing Education (DIMEANE)

This project focuses on repurposing and evaluating digital learning tools. The tools will be evaluated with students and their tutors, providing important data around the efficacy of open educational resources (OERs) that have undergone adaptation and translation. 

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Development and feasibility testing of an interactive educational programme to facilitate Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk)

The purpose of this study is to determine the acceptability and utility of the ProAsk intervention with health visitors and parents and secondly to gather information to inform the trial design and data collection procedures for a future randomised controlled trial. 

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Designing e-learning for health

A free online course designed to help educators create powerful e-learning. 

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Giving more confidence to hearing aid users

Creating an evidence-based set of interactive multimedia videos to support hearing aid users. 

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Meet our researchers

Dr Richard Windle

Richard is a senior lecturer in e-learning. He was on the leadership team of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for reusable learning objects and now co-leads the school’s e-learning group.

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PhD opportunities

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Digital Innovations in Healthcare and Education Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0909