Evaluation of an Open Learning Environment
Geraldine Clarebout (University of Leuven, Belgium), Jan Elen (University of Leuven, Belgium), Joost Lowyck (University of Leuven, Belgium), Jef Van den Ende (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium) and Erwin Van den Enden (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium)
Copyright: © 2008
Educational goals have generally shifted from knowing everything in a specific domain to knowing how to deal with complex problems. Reasoning and information processing skills have become more important than the sheer amount of information memorized. In medical education, the same evolution occurred. Diagnostic reasoning processes get more strongly emphasized. Whereas previously knowing all symptoms and diseases was stressed, reasoning skills have become educationally more important. They must enable professionals to distinguish between differential diagnoses and recognize patterns of illnesses (e.g., Myers & Dorsey, 1994).