EDDi - Epidemic Disease Detective Hamburg (English)
Epidemic Disease Detective - Tracking down Infectious Diseases! A playful Open Educational Resource to learn about infectious disease epidemiologyZum Lernangebot
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What is EDDi?
The plague, Spanish flu, Ebola, and COVID-19 - epidemics have always been part of human history and will continue to be a threat to global health in the future. At the same time, various actors in the public health sector are working together to counter infectious disease outbreaks and to track down their causes - real detective work! The HOOU Educational Resource EDDi - Epidemic Disease Detective Hamburg brings this work to life by providing an interactive training resource, designed primarily for use in higher education, and tells the story of an outbreak of disease in Hamburg …
EDDi aims to introduce participants to real-world tasks and activities related to the detection and containment of disease outbreaks. For this, a team of health scientists and epidemiologists, together with game designers and developers, has created a hands-on educational scenario using "game-based learning", which bridges the gap between theory and practice in higher education in a playful way. As Epidemic Disease Detectives, participants can acquire or deepen basic epidemiological knowledge and skills through a (game-based) case study and put them into practice while investigating a disease outbreak.
Building on a problem-based self-study approach, EDDi participants will be introduced to the principles and practices of infectious disease epidemiology as well as concepts related to the investigation of disease outbreaks, with particular focus on:
#1 Describing infectious disease events and evaluating local outbreak scenarios
#2 Learning about basic methods of epidemiological outbreak investigation, study designs, and tools of epidemiology (e.g., epidemiological curves, outbreak maps, technical terms)
#3 Interpreting and recognizing associations between outbreak events and relevant influencing factors by applying basic techniques of infectious disease epidemiology (especially descriptive methods)
#4 Making informed decisions in outbreak investigation based on epidemiological evidence
#5 Extra: Getting to know the structure of the German disease surveillance and reporting system as well as background information on the Hanseatic city of Hamburg
Who is the target group of EDDi?
The primary target group are trainees in higher education (Bachelor, Master, PhD, advanced academic training) in the fields of health sciences, public health, epidemiology and medical science, but also other health care professions involved in e.g. outbreak investigation and control. In addition, EDDi allows individuals with an interest (and basic understanding) of infectious disease epidemiology and public health, but without a related educational profile, to experience outbreak investigation in a playful way and to explore infectious disease epidemiology.
How can I use EDDi?
is a modifiable Open Educational Resource (OER) and primarily addresses
both trainees and lecturers in higher education. The OER is available
in digital and non-digital format:
#1 A Serious Game (computer game) for self-study (individual or in groups) and classroom teaching, available offline (on Windows) or online
#2 A paper-based Table Top Exercise for self-study (individual or in groups) and classroom teaching, printables available for download
Being an OER, the educational resource can be modified, further developed or used as a template for new case studies, provided that the license(s) used are complied with. :
To get a glimpse into the back story, the team, and our motivation for EDDi - Epidemic Disease Detective, check out our podcast interview (German Only): https://www.hoou.de/blog/episodes/hamburg-hoert-ein-hoou-eddi-im-spiel-ueber-epidemien-lernen
Designed as a game-based OER in infectious disease epidemiology EDDi
supports interactive capacity building in (near) real-world
decision-making and practice in a controlled learning environment. In
doing so, EDDi allows participants to link theoretical
knowledge and practical skills, to experience the significance of
cross-disciplinary collaboration, and to critically evaluate as well as
correctly apply sources of information.
EDDi offers various modes of application, both digitally and non-digitally: The OER can be used for self-study (individually or in small groups, supported by a solution guide) as well as for traditional classroom teaching in higher education, e.g. for individual or group exercises facilitated by joint discussions.
Either way, the time required for completion is approximately 2.5 till 3 hours.
#1 EDDi Welcome Tutorial
To successfully solve EDDi,
a basic understanding of the concepts and terms of infectious disease
epidemiology is beneficial. A brief introduction to its basics is
covered in the EDDi - Welcome Tutorial. This tutorial
contains a total of six education videos (external provider, English
only with German subtitles) and an Epidemiological Cheat Sheet to prep
participants for the EDDi case study activity. Whether in preparation for the digital or non-digital scenario, the Welcome Tutorial can be explored individually or in a small group.
Scope: approximately 50 minutes
File: H5P and .pptx
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 / Embedded graphics CC BY 4.0
#2 EDDi Serious Game / Hybrid Teaching Concept
To facilitate digital and hybrid teaching formats, EDDi is made available as a Serious Game (Windows or web-based) in single player mode. In addition, an EDDi Summary Report
is provided to support classroom/group follow-up of the game.
Recommendations for employing the *Serious Game *and hybrid teaching
concept are described in the OER.
EDDi Serious Game:
Scope: approximately 3 hours
File: Windows-Version (.exe) and Unity Web-Player
License: Game Project - MIT License / Game Assets, Game Code, Scripts - CC BY 4.0
EDDi Summary Report:
Scope: approximately 30 minutes
License: CC BY-SA 4.0
#3 EDDi Table Top Exercise / Non-Digital Teaching Concept
The Table Top Exercise is a hands-on training scenario designed primarly for small groups (3-6 participants). It includes: (I) EDDi Case Study, (II) EDDi Investigation Notebook, (III) EDDi Solution Guide. Featuring a variety of tasks, the EDDi Case Study
takes participants through the story of an infectious disease outbreak
in Hamburg, Germany. Important reference materials are available in the Investigation Notebook for finding solutions to assignments and questions. In addition, a Solution Guide
is provided for evaluating the participants' progress that aims to
facilitate learning in small groups without an instructor/lecturer, but
can also support lecturers/instructors in implementing the case study.
Scope: approximately 3 hours
License: Case Study Scripts CC BY-SA 4.0 / Illustrations CC BY 4.0