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Table 2 Categories for qualitative analysis of VP performance as a learning tool and its operational definitions

From: The virtual patient as a learning tool: a mixed quantitative qualitative study

Analytical categories Operational definition
Use of the tool Understood as use and appropriation experiences of both the professor and the students in their interaction with the simulation tool
Perceptions on learning Understood as the ways in which learnings acquired by the students in the interaction with the tool are described
Construction of knowledge and competencies Understood as the way in which knowledge construction and development of competencies typical of medical practice are evidenced, owing to the learning environment designed
Contributions to the teaching process Understood as those aspects that favor reflection and improvement of the teaching practice owing to the interaction with the simulation tool