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    ULearn: Personalized Medical Learning on the Web for Patient Empowerment

    Alfano, Marco and Lenzitti, Biagio and Taibi, Dave and Helfert, Markus (2019) ULearn: Personalized Medical Learning on the Web for Patient Empowerment. In: Advances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) (11841). Springer, pp. 226-237. ISBN 9783030357573

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    Health literacy constitutes an important step towards patient empowerment and the Web is presently the biggest repository of medical information and, thus, the biggest medical resource to be used in the learning process. However, at present, web medical information is mainly accessed through generic search engines that do not take into account the user specific needs and starting knowledge and so they are not able to support learning activities tailored to the specific user requirements. This work presents “ULearn” a meta engine that supports access, understanding and learning on the Web in the medical domain based on specific user requirements and knowledge levels towards what we call “balanced learning”. Balanced learning allows users to perform learning activities based on specific user requirements (understanding, deepening, widening and exploring) towards his/her empowerment. We have designed and developed ULearn to suggest search keywords correlated to the different user requirements and we have carried out some preliminary experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of the provided information.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Funding: This work was partially supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754489 and by Science Foundation Ireland grant 13/RC/2094 with a co-fund of the European Regional Development Fund through the Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme to Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre ( Cite as: Alfano M., Lenzitti B., Taibi D., Helfert M. (2019) ULearn: Personalized Medical Learning on the Web for Patient Empowerment. In: Herzog M., Kubincová Z., Han P., Temperini M. (eds) Advances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2019. ICWL 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11841. Springer, Cham.
    Keywords: ULearn; Personalized; Medical Learning; Web; Patient Empowerment;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Innovation Value Institute, IVI
    Item ID: 14244
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    Depositing User: Markus Helfert
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 14:48
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: European Union Horizon 2020 programme, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), European Regional Development Fund
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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