Use of learning media


The Department for Education and Media (AUM) supports medical education in a multitude of ways through the use of digital media. In collaboration with lecturers from the Medical Faculty, it produces interactive learning programmes for self-study. These can be accessed via the e-learning directory.

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The learning programmes place great emphasis on image-rich contents such as anatomy, histology, haematology or radiology. The interactive processing of the images provides optimal support for developing pattern recognition. For the teaching in histology and histopathology, a virtual microscope is provided. Additionally, users can apply what they have learned in the clinical context using interactive case examples. Clinical skills and behaviours are demonstrated through videos.

The AUM provides third parties with access to its development environment for the production of their own online learning programmes (Vetsuisse Bern, University Hospital Zurich). In collaboration with other institutions, the AUM produces online learning environments (DocCom.Deutsch).


Over the last few years, the use of videos in teaching has increased strongly. Videos are particularly suitable for demonstrating skills both of a technical and social nature.

Videos are also used for the training of simulated/standardized patients in order to unify role play for the Federal licensing examination. The AUM produces these training videos on behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health, thus contributing to quality assurance of the Clinical Skills examination.

On the learning platform DocCom.Deutsch, videos play an important role in the provision of role models.


A further focus in the use of video is the recording of lectures in the clinical years of the medical degree (study years 3 to 6). These podcasts, also called PodLectures, are generally available the same day. 

The PodLectures consist of the projected presentation and the speech of the lecturers. Through the provision of Audience-Response-Systems (ARS), the AUM enhances the interactive implementation of lectures and other face-to-face events.

Individual Video Training iVT

The communication training with simulated patients is strengthened by the recording of dialogue and feedback. To this aim, the system “individual Video training iVT” is used, which was developed together with SWITCH and other educational establishments.

Students start the videos by entering their campus login. Through this link between video and login, the videos of the dialogues can be provided individually within the Learning Management System ILIAS of the University of Bern. These videos are also used for quality assurance of the role play and provision of feedback to simulated/standardized patients.