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From 2005 -2008 eHospital was a project funded by the European Commission under the Socrates / Grundtvig program. The goal was the development and testing of targeted eLearning curricula for various patient groups (adults), who had to spend a longer time in the hospital and therefore were subject to limited educational opportunities.
By the eLearning education offered:

  • giving patients access to Life Long Learning,
  • the re-integration of the patients into the normal everyday life are facilitated,
  • the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, as well as
  • the improvement of mental and physical well-being in the hospital can be achieved.
The curricula were offered as blended learning in partner hospitals, combining eLearning with presence units.


The evaluation of the entire project (process / product) was accompanied by (formative) and conclusive (summative) information about success and impact on the patients.
This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2006-2015 archived pages.

Welcome to the training area of eHOSPITAL project!

E-Hospital is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of the programme Socrates/Grundtvig 1.


  • Trial course Austria: Job perspectives for young adult patients
    CL - die Berater - english
  • Trial course ES: Digital literacy: Computers, office and the Internet
    CL - USC-CESGA - english
  • Trial course France: How to use a computer and Internet.
    CL - ORT - english
  • Trial course Germany: Information management
    CL - BSW - english
  • Trial course Poland: Creative workshops and history of art
    CL - Academy of Management - english
  • Trial course Poland: Significance of motion for maintaining self-dependence
    CL - Academy of Management - english
  • Trial course Switzerland. The art of profiling on the web
    CL - - english

What eHospital offers

Are you an adult educator or e-learning facilitator? Do you want to develop and offer learning activities for hospital patients?
Or are you a health manager and do you want to introduce educational activities in your hospital?

If you answer one of these questions positively eHospital may have interesting products for you:

• Research report on the state of the art of educational activities in European hospitals.
• Documentation of seven informal e-learning courses for adult patients in hospitals.
• Trial access to these e-learning courses
• Guidance publication for adult educators who wish to facilitate e-learning in hospitals.
• European conference on e-learning in hospital.

Aims of the eHospital project

The overall aim of eHospital is to promote informal e-learning activities for adult patients in hospitals.

This aim has been pursued by the operational objectives

• to design and pilot local e-learning projects for different groups of patients in hospitals,
• to evaluate the effects of these learning activities on the patients’ personal and social development and on the process of convalescence,
• to create and test an e-learning system with educational resources for learners and educators and with collaborative tools for interaction and group learning,
• to produce guidance material for adult educators to enable them to work with hospital patients,
• to implement awareness-raising activities on e-learning in hospitals among adult education institutions, hospital managers, medical, nursing and administrative staff, sponsors, authorities and other health care agents.

eHospital intervention logic:



eHospital activities



1 October 2005
Start of the project
November 2005
Kick-off meeting, Vienna
April 2006
Research phase completed
October 2006
Start of local e-learning projects in hospitals in Austria, Germany, Poland, France, Spain, and Switzerland
July 2007
Piloting phase completed
May 2008
English version of eHospital publication available as pdf download
August 2008
eHospital publication available in five languages as download and print
19 September 2008
European eHospital conference, Krems/ Austria
30 September 2008
Project end



Patient target groups and learning topics

In the eHospital project seven pilot e-learning programmes for hospital patients were planned, organised and implemented in Austria, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland.

In each participating country an education provider, who was a formal partner of the European project, initiated the e-learning offer. Each of these education providers cooperated with a local hospital, which was interested in making learning offers available to its patients.

These pilot programmes provided different opportunities of informal learning to different groups of hospital patients. The patient groups as well as the learning topics were selected at the request of the cooperating pilot hospitals. In their diversity they highlight the diverse purposes learning can potentially have in the context of patient education.




In the e-Hospital project Dokeos was used as both online Learning Management System and collaborative platform. Dokeos is a European Open Source e-learning and course management web application, translated into 34 languages and installed in more than 1.000 organisations worldwide to manage e-learning and collaboration activities. Dokeos proved to be a versatile, flexible and stable platform that complied with the learning projects developed in e-Hospital project. You can download this application from the Web portal of Dokeos:

Main features of Dokeos

• Open Source.
• Available in 44 languages.
• Usability as its main philosophy.
• Very easy to use for teachers, students, administrators.
• Suitable for e-learning and blended learning proposals
• It can be use as LCMS or Workspace.
• It has a stable development community.
• Stable.
• Scalable, modular.
• Information management tools: Agenda, documents, course description, links.
• Asynchronous communication tools: Forums, announcements, internal webmail.
• Synchronous communication tools: Chat, live conference.
• Evaluation tools: online tests, task storing tool.
• Group work tools: area for sub-groups of students/user to work together.
• Administration tools: tracking, course settings, user management, backup, etc.
• SCORM compliant: learning path builder.


European conference
eHospital: e-learning for adult patients in hospitals
Experiences - Opportunities – Challenges

Krems, 19 September 2008, 10.00-16.30

eHospital developed, piloted and evaluated e-learning courses for various groups of hospital patients in six European countries. On the basis of this experience, a guidance publication on organising e-learning offers in hospitals has been produced.

At the eHospital conference the outcomes of the project will be presented and discussed in three wider contexts in which they are situated:

• e-learning as a pedagogic approach at specific learning requirements
• Education as part of a patient-centered healthcare system
• Hospitals as places of learning in a lifelong learning perspective

Expected participants are:

• practitioners in adult education: trainers, managers, programme planners
• e-learning practitioners
• researchers in e-learning and adult education
• hospital staff: medical doctors, health-care personnel, hospital managers, psychologists and pedagogues
• other actors of the health system from health insurance, authorities and regulatory bodies, patients associations and other NGOs dealing with health issues
• actors in European projects dealing with e-learning and/or health issues.


eHospital conference programme

Opening speech

Andrea Kdolsky , Federal Minister for Health, Family and Youth


The potential of e-learning for reaching new LLL target groups
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Baumgartner, Donau-Universität Krems

Hospitals as places of learning in the context of European LLL strategies
Alan Smith, European Commission, DG Education and Culture

Patient education, new technologies and the health system
Jan Gejel, Aarhus Social and Health Care College, Denmark.

Handout Pervasive Healthcare.

eHospital Presentations

The eHospital project: Exploring informal patients learning in hospitals

Holger Bienzle, die Berater

The eHospital pilots and their evaluation.

eHospital project partners

Good Practice Sessions:  Providing e-learning for adult patients

Organisational aspects: Cooperation of hospital staff and educators. 

- Input  Antonio Montoto. 
- Input Joanna Szczecinska. 
- Input Ulrike Leiss.

Technological aspects: e-learning technologies for patient education.  

- Input María José Rodríguez.
- Input  Tim Scholze / Michael Eichhorst

Pedagogical aspects: Hospital patients as adult learners. 

- Input Carmen Fernández.

- Input Corinna Reisner / Stefan Kremser.

Flipcharts summarizing the discusions