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Webcast Audio Seminar Series

The Use of E-Learning in Medical Education



The medical sciences are ideal for using computers for presenting images, movies and sounds, enriching learning materials, and providing students anytime/anywhere access to material.  This series will focus on the educational aspects of these technologies and will provide relevant background as well as practical suggestions for using thee tools in teaching and learning.  Topics covered include:  E-Lessons for Face to face, Engaging Students, Simulations, Capturing Lectures, Social Networks, and Future Digital Learning Environments.


March 8 12:00 pm ET Lecture Capturing and Other Streaming Video Applications Peter Anderson
March 15 12:00 pm ET Engaging Students with Classroom Technologies Peter de Jong
March 22 12:00 pm ET Use of Simulations and Simulators in Medical Training John Szarek & Sheila Chauvin
March 29 12:00 pm ET Integration of E-Lessons into Face to Face Activities Mary Dankbaar
April 5 12:00 pm ET Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in Medical Education Rachel Ellaway
April 12 12:00 pm ET The Digital learning Environment of the Future: Teaching the Next Generation J.B. McGee

Lecture Capturing and Other Streaming Video Applications

Presenter:  Peter Anderson

In this session we will discuss some of the mechanics of lecture recording and delivery: processes and pitfalls, technologies and traps, methods and migraines!  But in addition to the mechanics of lecture recording we will focus our discussion on the pedagogy of  podcasting.  Is lecture recording an appropriate teaching/learning modality?  How can we use this technology to improve the teaching/learning process and how can we help students to wean themselves from the didactic information faucet ("what's going to be on the test?") and instead use technology to help them develop expertise in information retrieval, information winnowing, and self directed learning.

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Engaging Students with Classroom Technologies

Presenter: Peter de Jong

Technology first entered the classroom many years ago. Nowadays, almost every lecture hall and small group classroom is fully equipped with computer and projector. Blackboards have been replaced with interactive whiteboards which opened new ways to use multimedia and the internet as part of teaching.  

At the moment, one very well known classroom technology is the use of wireless voting systems. These Audience Response Systems (ARS) are rapidly being introduced in the daily practice of higher education. Software is available and seemingly easy to use. In practice however, many presenters do not use the technique properly and do not make optimal use of the Audience Response system. As a result, the didactical advantages of the technique are often not utilized. This lecture will focus in on didactical issues of using ARS in teaching. Principles of ARS will be discussed and good practices in medical education will be shown.  

A second technique that will be discussed is the use of MP3 devices to individually instruct students with an audio tour. The audio can be enriched with pictures, short movies or animations if the devices allow that to be played. This technology is used for example for guiding students through a medial museum without the need of a teacher being present.

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Use of Simulations and Simulators in Medical Training  

Presenters:  Sheila Chauvin & John Szarek

Over the past few years simulation and simulator technology has experienced an exponential growth worldwide. Until recently, simulation, especially using human patient simulators, has been the provenance of clinical educators in the education of students in their clinical years. Simulation is becoming increasingly common in the pre-clinical years. In addition to using simulation early in medical school training for clinical procedures and skills, it is increasingly being used to support teaching and learning the basic sciences. Based on the results of a recent national survey of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, we will discuss the current state of basic science education and the use of human patient simulators to enhance students' learning. We will describe how the use of human patient simulators has been implemented in medical school preclinical curricula including barriers encountered and strategies for dealing with them. The session will include specific curricular examples and a discussion of the educational benefits of using human patient simulators in basic science education.

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Integration of E-lessons into Face to Face Activities

Presenter:  Mary E.W. Dankbaar

E-lessons or e-modules have been used in medical education for some years now, but the implementation in the medical curriculum is still an important issue. Well designed e-lessons sometimes are hardly used. Teachers often spend a lot of time explaining basic science in stead of having profound interaction with their students or giving feedback on their skills. How can e-lessons be used to enhance learning during the valuable F2F sessions? Which are the most important design principles to improve online learning (and prevent e-lessons to become 'page-turners')? Models of blended learning will be discussed, both for smaller and larger groups in basic science education. The presentation will review examples from the medical curriculum and discuss strategies to implement this 'proven technology' in a way which meets the needs of modern learners.

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Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in Medical Education

Presenter:  Rachel Ellaway

With more than 500 million unique users some claim that Facebook is now the web. Certainly it is one of the main ways our learners (and many faculty and staff) keep in touch with each other. There are many other social media impacting on contemporary medical education including LinkedIn, Biomed Experts, Blogs, Wikis, Rate my Prof/Doc/MD, geotagging, Flickr, YouTube, SlideShare, Second Life, Twitter and Googlewave. This presentation will build on ideas presented in an earlier IAMSE Webcast to consider the many ways that social media are impacting on contemporary health professional education. Issues such as authority and control, net-gen learners, trans-institutional student networks and digital professionalism will be discussed to both orient participants and provide them with better approaches to working in these environments.

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The Digital Learning Environment of the Future: Teaching the Next Generation

Presenter:  J.B. McGee

In the words of Marshall McLuhan, "We are shaped by what our technology enables us to do, see, experience and...communicate." The current and future generations of healthcare professional students are shaped by an entirely new set of technologies, very different from the technology (print, telephone, radio, television) of their teachers. In particular, Internet-based communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their ability to you connected to the world 24/7 have had a direct effect on the Millennial generation - especially the way they interact with their peers, family and society. Immediate access to vastly greater amount of data than previous generations has had both positive and negative effects on learning and further complicates the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills for healthcare.

This session will outline important differences between traditional approaches and the expectations of modern learners. We will review and discuss successful, innovative uses of new technology for learning. Finally, we will highlight the critical ingredients of effective education/learning, regardless of technology, and construct an integrated approach to teaching the next generation of healthcare providers.

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