High-quality communication examples were integrated into a web-based learning tool. Medical students used this tool (DocCom.Deutsch) to prepare for their on-sole communication training. The presentation format of the examples varied – the students were presented either with text examples, video examples, or video examples with brief hints. Students’ performance during the training with simulated patients was assessed.


It was examined which presentation format of communication examples is optimal for effective preparation.

The following question was addressed: Which of the presentation formats of communication examples is the most effective for students’ preparation for the practical training with simulated patients?

Results and Outlook

It was found that video-based examples – compared with the much cheaper to produce text examples – only lead to a significantly greater learning effect if the videos are enriched with hints on the central elements in the video (see publication)

To clarify whether text examples with corresponding hints trigger a comparable learning effect to their video-based equivalents, a follow-up study was launched. First data from this study are currently being analyzed.


Felix Schmitz (PhD student)
Dr. med. et MME Kai Schnabel
Dr. med. Cadja Bachmann
Dr. med. et MME Daniel Bauer
Dr. med. et MME Ulrich Woermann
Prof. Dr. phil. Sissel Guttormsen (thesis supervisor)

Project information

Running time:
Spring 2016 – Spring 2020

Dr. phil. Felix Schmitz Scientific collaborator

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