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This website contains FREE OPEN LICENSED learning and teaching resources about the blood, and has been developed to support the medical subjects sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia. This website contains NEWS and BLOG articles by me, (Dr Viv Rolfe), and OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – OERs we call them – that you can use, reuse, download and share for FREE.

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Please browse our OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES by going to the “OERS” link, or you can use the left hand navigation bar to search. All our resources are available to view from this site and download. The resources are also often located externally on YouTube and Flickr. All are licensed under Creative Commons.

The NEWS articles are all about sickle cell, and also contain my experiences of being involved in open education for a number of years now. This project started in 2010, and OERs are still being contributed to the site, and the visitor rate on this website, YouTube and Flickr is in the hundreds of thousands.

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New SCOOTER project items!

Well – not exactly newly produced by newly released. The OERs on this page were quite lovely and another of our De Montfort University student contributions to our open education project. In collaboration with Prof. Howell Istance in the Faculty of Technology, we’d often share a final year project student to work on something linking science to technology. In 2011-2012 a technology student – Nick Machon – embarked on the task of producing a game to help bioscience students understand some of the principles of diagnosing sickle cell disease.

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Front cover of Nick’s genetic inheritance game.

The coding

Now, I’m not a game designer, but I do use Flash Animation and know how complex the coding is that adds interactivity and control to the game. Nick chose Flash as his platform, ,so, if the games below seem relatively simple, that does no way reflect the complexity behind the scenes!

The design process

Again, not a game technologist, but in reality, the job of producing a game would involve vast multidisciplinary teams – designers, coders, character builders, sound editors etc etc. Nick took all these roles on himself, and maybe not quite polished in some places, he did in fact complete the task in hand!

Cross-disciplinary design

I have worked with many tech students in the past, and quite understandably, their grasp of a scientific concept is the starting point of their game, and many fail at this hurdle. Nick was something else and picked up some very complex genetic principles of dominant and recessive inheritance to produce his game.

So, here are fragments of what Nick produced – I thought them worthy of release although the final diagnostic game was not completed in time, but he was awarded a good mark for his dissertation in particular reflecting his excellent design process and ability to work in a team.

Here are 3 Flash Animation files (.swf) files. If you can’t see them, well, sorry icon smile Sickle Cell Games in Adobe Flash  The first two are part of an interactive inheritance game, and the final one part of the diagnostic techniques to identify a number of blood samples. CLICK TO OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW.




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Sickle Cell Disorders – Guide for Schools

Hear full narrated talk by Professor Simon Dyson about the “guide for schools” by opening this new HTML page


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Guide for schools – available in English, Nigerian and other languages.


Professor Simon Dyson


Professional, general public, schools and colleges

OER Features:

This open educational resource (OER) is a presentation by Prof. Dyson describing his guide to school policy on sickle cell disease. The presentation is in multiple-formats so that the guide can be disseminated as widely as possible.

OER Description:

We released the “guide to school policy” back in 2011 and since then Prof. Dyson has arranged for the guide to be translated into a number of Nigerian languages. The guide is based on the research led by Prof. Dyson at De Montfort University and also involving York and Loughborough Universities. The research examined school children’s experiences of having sickle cell and thalassaemia, and puts clear measures in place for schools and local authorities to provide better support for these individuals.

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