Improved AT test on Hypocampus

Hypocampus is a site for Medical students built on Cortexio.

The AT test on Hypocampus from Hypocampus on Vimeo .

Now we have improved the AT section on Hypocampus!

  • Links to sections in chapters and to external links to read more about the correct answer.
  • Ability to repeat only those questions where you previously answered incorrectly.
  • More detailed statistics broken down on chapter level.

The AT tests in Hypocampus follow the same template as in the real AT tests with four cases in General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry.

Because we categorize each question in Hypocampus, we can present detailed statistics based on how you answered the questions.

At chapter level you can easily click on to read more about a chapter or start a question session on the chapter.

Hypocampus 2016 – the past year – part II

Hypocampus is a site for Medical students built on Cortexio.

Throughout the development of Hypocampus, we have tried to work closely with our users, students and editors.

We have had the privilege of having users who are really committed to what we do and want Hypocampus to be a success.

The Surgery Course – August 2016

When the surgery course started at the end of August, we were given the opportunity to present Hypocampus at the intro lecture to a large part of the class. During the course, we have had contact with many of the course who have come up with suggestions, corrections and participated in deeper interviews. This information has formed the basis for how we have chosen to prioritize new functionality.

Read the post about our cooperation with Gothenburg Univeristy

User feedback – September 2016

Here are some of the reactions we got after the first few weeks of using Hypocampus:

  • Make it possible to record and take notes in the text
  • Insert chapters into a reading schedule
  • Spaced repetition visualized on a timeline
  • Mark chapters as read
  • Difficult to understand how to navigate
  • Past exams

Better sense of progress – Sept / Oct 2016

A big feature that we worked with throughout the fall is to try to improve the sense of progress: What have I read, how well can I do, what do I have left?

Read more about the updates to the user statistics

We have worked in several places to try to improve this, but one of the clearest parts is the work on the chapter list and the statistics that appear there. In previous blog posts you can see how the chapter list has evolved over time.

Read a summary of events 2016

Visualizing progress also helps to motivate further studies.

Exams and AT-test – Nov / Dec 2016

After getting approved to use AT tests and a number of exams from different universities, we developed our own question section for AT and exams.

Read more about our Exam functionality

This was something that was right on time before Christmas, before the exams in January, it was very popular to answer questions in Hypocampus, not least with the new Exams part.

Specialist reviewed material – Nov / Dec 2016

During the autumn we consulted specialists to review our material in several courses. On the dermatology course we have got a collaboration with Sam Polesie from the Skin Clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital to add and improve text and questions. This is something we are working on, but it takes time!

Hypocampus 2016 – the past year

Hypocampus is a site for Medical students built on Cortexio.

In we wrote about how the project started and described the methodology for how we came up with what was to be built in our first beta version. Here we continue to write about what the development looked like and a bit more around the company.

Hypocampus grows – April / May 2016

In addition to fixing basic parts such as database, server hosting, certificates, logins etc, there were two important parts we needed to get in place: Editing tools for material and navigation among the material.

At first glance, text editing may seem like a simple problem to solve; we’ve been doing it on computers for decades. But we also want to be able to categorize the material into chapters and courses, be able to link words and headings in chapters and be able to add pictures and videos.

To solve these problems we have built our text editor around  ckeditor . We also have our own tools for determining which chapters are included in a course, managing links and images.

Dermatology – May 2016

Our first goal was to be ready with the Dermatology course for the re-examination in August 2016. For this course we had good material to start from and contact with specialists who were willing to review. Below is a collage of what the presentation of chapters looked like during the year.

Version 1 and 2:

Version 3 and 4:

Version 5 and 6:

Links in the material & better navigation – June 2016

A major improvement in navigation came in June when we added the opportunity to create links between chapters in the material. It works as a reverse wikipedia link. The Link Target is set where the description of the word is located. When the Link target is highlighted, the system goes through all other chapters to try to find the word or synonyms for the word and create links to the Link Target from there. In this way, the editors do not have to manually try to create all the links, which saves a lot of time.

In early June, even the classic category cards were in place, which have lived with ever since:

The Surgery Course – June 2016

In June 2016, we got in touch with course managers for the Surgery course at Sahlgrenska. They were developing a question application and we started a collaboration to test the Hypocampus on the surgery course in the fall of 2016. At that time we had only mulitple choice questions in the system, but in the surgery course, and many other courses, MEQ (modified essay questions) is a central part. In MEQ questions, the student is guided through a patient case and must make a decision based on the information at hand.

Question section, surgery course – July / August 2016

So we needed to implement support for MEQ questions, submit questions and materials for the surgery course before the start of the course, 22/8.

The process of making MEQ questions possible was more complicated than we first thought. The MEQ questions must be in order, it is not possible to see the description of the next question as it may contain the answer, but it must be possible to see the previous description etc. When we looked at example questions and exams it was not consistently divided: Some questions were divided into several levels: 1.2 A, B, C, 1.3 A, B, C where there was the same case and description for everything under item 1, while other questions had fewer levels. And how would we do with text answers? Trying to auto-correct?

After going through at least three different variants of MEQ questions, we felt satisfied, one week before the start of the surgery course.

Version 1 – MCQ only:

Version 2 – text response:

Version 3 – the correct answer is shown on the right:

In the last version we also got text markings to show more precisely where in the text the answer is.

That’s all for this post, more to come!