pathways for interactive narrative education

The Pathways for Interactive Narrative Education (PINE) project is funded by Inukshuk Wireless and is a collaboration of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian, McMaster, and Ryerson Universities and Confederation College. The project has produced 60 public access virtual patient cases released under a Creative Commons licence for open use and reuse. Cases were created working with subject experts in workshops across the province. Using the open-source OpenLabyrinth platform the PINE project has a research and development theme investigating common simulation, gaming and narrative patterns in educational case design. This is facilitated by the use of the Vue topic mapping toolset that allows authors to create visual representations of activities and decision making processes.

These Virtual Patient cases cover a wide range of topics, challenges and approaches to healthcare, all of which are presented in distinctly Canadian settings with all of the cultural, social, economic and political dimensions found in Canada today. Many of the cases are specifically about the nature of healthcare provision in Northern Ontario.

To access the cases click on the list on the right or browse and search to locate particular topics and themes of interest to you. We hope you find them useful and even enjoyable and we would appreciate receiving any feedback you may have.