The inPACT OIL project is a collaborative project between Paramedic students in their final years of study  at Coventry University in the UK, the University of Johannesburg and The Durban University of Technology in South Africa. The project creates an online platform for students to engage cross culturally with each other, to discuss current practice and trends within their sphere of training and specific to the country they study in.

The inPACT project utilises existing and web based technologies that are familiar to the student.  Students participate in a once off online conference call to discuss common practice and skills they have acquired in their studies. To establish further common ground for this online conference, students had been encouraged to create and view short six minute social media video clip that highlight a specific area of each other’s training. These video clips are seen as a way for the students to showcase their own institutional training.

Aims of the project

  1. To develop cross cultural communication skills amongst Paramedic students.
  2. To gain insight into international practice and the evidence base behind Paramedic practice.

Types of collaborative activities

Video creation and online conferencing and forums.

Interaction modes

Synchronous & asynchronous

Sequence of activities

Phase 1

Students are introduced to the OIL project, divided into groups and registered with digital platforms. Introduction to counterparts are established

Phase 2

Both student groups  are invited to create a short 6 minute video clip using freely available editing tools that highlights one area of their training or Paramedic skill that they perform at their University. Videos are uploaded to a digital platform for all to view and comment on asynchronously.


Students meet via an online conference platform to discuss an evidence base behind their Paramedic practice.

CU academic context

Module: Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making
Course: FdSc Degree in Paramedic Science
Level of Study: Undergraduate, Year Two


This project has been supported by the learning technologies team at Coventry University’s Centre for Excellence in Learning Enhancement (CELE).