World 2 Systems (W2S) is a small e-learning and multi-media development company that has been in business since 2010. Originally known as The Interactive Media Laboratory at Dartmouth College and part of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, W2S specializes in combining emerging technology with innovative instructional design. For over 20 years, it has produced high-end interactive multimedia educational programs for both patients and health care providers. Additionally, it has developed distance learning systems capable of delivering rich multimedia over the Internet.
World 2 Systems focuses primarily on Public Health and First responder Preparedness
W2Ss is dedicated to providing specialized knowledge, research, educational, and production support to the public health system in the application of computers and the Internet for professional education and training.
Variously known as “E-Learning,” “Distance Learning,” and “Technology-mediated Learning,” this specialty area has long been the focus of the Interactive Media Laboratory (IML) and now World 2 Systems. We have been a pioneer in E-Learning, producing multimedia-based, immersive training programs for a variety of audiences, as well as developing high-bandwidth, Internet-based E-Learning systems. It is currently supporting key elements of a prototype distance learning system for public health professional education that takes advantage of the broadband Internet. The system is designed to be accessible on demand from any location world-wide. For those lacking broadband Internet access, some individual programs can also be run via stand-alone DVD-ROM.
In its instructional programs, the World 2 Systems applies experiential learning models stemming from the philosophy of John Dewey and connectionist learning theory to produce E-Learning combining sound pedagogy with extremely high production quality. A hallmark of IML programs is the incorporation of narrative, immersive, constructivist environmental designs. Programs are hosted by prominent “mentors” who are both master practitioners and master teachers. Past programs have featured such mentors as C. Everett Koop, John Bartlett (HIV/AIDS care), and Russ Portenoy (pain management). A recent program in clinical genetics features Ed McCabe, formerly chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Professional education in public health will be increasingly facilitated by the proliferation of computers capable of displaying combinations of text, graphics, video, and sound; broadband networks capable of delivering these multiple media to the home or office; and new methods for using these technologies for education and training. However, current models and methods for E-Learning are limited, lagging behind the rapid technological evolution of computers and the Internet. Further, there is no community of educator/developers in medicine and public health with shared purposes, models, methods, and tools. As a result, the application of these new technologies is fragmented and uncoordinated.
W2S continues to research and develop new E-Learning models in addition to creating multimedia education and training programs. This research and production continues to assure several programs and outcomes of distinct value to public health, medicine and healthcare.