AI/LEARN: an interactive videodisk system for teaching medical concepts and reasoning

J Med Syst. 1987 Dec;11(6):421-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00993009.


This paper describes AI/LEARN, an educational videodisk system designed to teach clinical observational skills and reasoning in medicine. The AI/LEARN system uses a learning conditions approach to teaching. To teach visual concepts, we use the principle of exemplar/nonexemplar pairs and immediate feedback. To teach If-Then problem solving we use the format of minicases with delayed feedback. The software to operate the system has been custom developed and is domain independent. The result is a prototype of a new authoring package for videodisk teaching which operates on IBM compatible microcomputers. The medical domain selected for this prototype system was rheumatic diseases; the knowledge used to teach reasoning skills is derived from the knowledge base of an expert system: AI/RHEUM.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Systems
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Expert Systems
  • Video Recording*
  • Videodisc Recording*