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Webcast Audio Seminar Series

Promises and Challenges of Virtual Learning Environment

Educational Technology changes quickly. Most of us struggle to keep up with any thing more than a limited number of areas. We do not have time to do in depth reviews of the "latest and greatest" technologies and best practices. Fortunately, we have colleagues who have done the "deep dive" on a a specific "hot topic" and are willing to share what they have learned. The IAMSE Spring webinar series: Promises and Challenges of Virtual Learning Environments, brings together a group of educators who have implemented complex learning and assessment tools and survived to tell about it. This series will review the state of the art in learning management systems (LMS), interactive text books, online assessment, and the new AAMC curriculum inventory tool, along with some predictions on "the shape of things to come".


Mar 6 12:00 pm ET Strategies for Selecting A Learning Management System

Sarah Kim
Mar 13 12:00 pm ET Digital Content and Textbooks for a Tablet-based Medical Curriculum: A Review of the iMedEd Initiative at UC Irvine

Warren Wiechmann
Mar 20 12:00 pm ET WebOSCE: an online tool for remote encounters between learners and standardized patients for the practice, assessment, and remediation of clinical skills.

Christof J Daetwyler and Dennis Novack
Apr 3 12:00 pm ET Copyright and Fair Use in terms of Social Media

Pete Anderson
Apr 10 12:00 pm ET Online Exams: Opportunities and Challenges

Edward Klatt
Apr 24 12:00 pm ET MedAPS: AAMC's New Suite of Medical Academic Performance Ser vices

Robby Reynolds & Terri Cameron


Strategies for Selecting A Learning Management System

Presenter: Sarah Kim, & Katherine Wigan

A learning management system is a critical infrastructure for delivering a curriculum and its associated learning activities to trainees, such as discussion forums to support problem-based learning, interactive teaching materials, online testing, and eportfolios. The current learning management system market is extremely fluid with a series of merges among commercial systems (e.g. Blackboard purchases of WebCT and ANGEL), increasing market shares of mainstream open-source systems (e.g., Moodle, Sakai), and untested market strengths of emerging open-source systems (e.g. Canvas, Entrada). This Webinar session is organized to share the recent experiences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in reviewing 8 learning management systems.

The Webinar will cover the following topics:

(1) Needs assessment involving medical students, faculty, staff and peer medical schools;

(2) Developing and obtaining a buy-in from the medical school leadership on a strategic plan that specified the goal of the review process, timeline, and decision-making steps;

(3) Recruiting Advisory Committee members

(4) Identifying priority learning management features and functions that are critical to the school's educational mission;

(5) Arranging demos of commercial, open source and a hybrid solution of commercial/open-source approaches;

(6) Recommendation of top 3 systems to the leadership and follow-up actions

We will also discuss multiple tools we developed during the review process including 5-year cost analyses involved in adopting and implementing top 3 learning management systems. Lastly, we will share selected best examples from peer institutions as a way to suggest the future direction and roles of learning management systems in medical education.


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Digital Content and Textbooks for a Tablet-based Medical Curriculum: A Review of the iMedEd Initiative at UC Irvine

Presenter: Warren Wiechmann

This webinar will take an in-depth look at the digital content being utilized in UC Irvine's iMedEd Curriculum - one of the first iPad-based medical school curriculums. Specifically, the discussion will focus on digital textbooks - platforms available, feature comparisons, and decision-making process for acquisition - as well as apps used as supplements to the curriculum.

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WebOSCE: an online tool for remote encounters between learners and standardized patients for the practice, assessment, and remediation of clinical skills.

Presenter: Christof J. Daetwyler & Dennis H. Novack

The novel WebOSCE technology allows learners to encounter remotely with real Standardized Patients (SPs) - using web cam equipped computers. During a WebOSCE Encounter, the learners first are given the case presentation - for example they meet with Ms. Dundee who wants to quit smoking - then they perform a smoking cessation counseling session. The SPs are trained to assess the performance using a standardized checklist. At the end of the encounter, the learners are provided with individual, constructive, high-quality feedback on each item on the scoring list. Also, they are provided with an individualized list containing learning assignments to address deficits.

WebOSCE has been developed for medical students, international graduates, and out-of-training physicians who seek re-entry into the work force to assess and enhance their clinical skills competencies. Since it functions remotely, it meets the needs of those who are homebound, living in remote areas, or having a busy schedule that does not permit easily travel.

See http://webcampus.drexelmed.edu/webosce for literature references and a video documentation on how WebOSCE works.


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Copyright and Fair Use in terms of Social Media

Presenter: Pete Anderson

If there is one concept that sums up the way we use Social Media today it, would be "sharing". We share our thoughts, our photos, and our prose. Everything we post is instantly distributed far and wide and is cached permanently on who knows how many servers around the globe. As Social Medial is used more and more in educational endeavors, issues arise regarding Copyrights, Fair Use, and other legal issues that are often viewed as annoyances by some academics. The purpose of this Web Audio Seminar is the discuss issues of Copyright and Fair Use in the context of Social Media, outline some of the basic dos and don'ts, and to provide context and compass to teaching faculty.


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Online Exams: Opportunities and Challenges

Presenter: Edward Klatt

The delivery of examinations for students online is now possible 24/7 worldwide. Not only formative examinations for practice with self-assessment but also summative high-stakes examinations for a grade can be provided online. This presentation will address multiple aspects of online exam development and usage. What educational resources can be made available for student self-assessment in a non-secure mode, and do they improve student outcomes? What are the institutional issues regarding development, deployment, and usage of online practice exams? For high-stakes examinations taken in a secure mode, what methods of delivery are available? How are the examination item banks developed? What kinds of questions can be placed onto these exams? What are the challenges for timely and reliable delivery of secure online exams? What are the hardware requirements? How are scores, statistical analyses, and results produced?

What are the institutional personnel requirements? Problems encountered in delivery of these exams will be presented. Institutional and student advantages for adoption of online exams will be discussed.


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MedAPS: AAMC's New Suite of Medical Academic Performance Services

Presenter: Robby Reynolds & Terri Cameron

The AAMC is developing a new set of tools called Medical Academic Performance Servicers (MedAPS) that includes the Accreditation Standards Self-Evaluation Tool (ASSET), Curriculum Inventory Portal (CIP), and Medical Academic Performance (MAP) Dashboard. These tools optimize the use of medical education data, informing educational research and supporting continuous improvements in academic program effectiveness.

Curriculum Reports provide graphical interpretations of aggregate and historical curriculum-related information based on data collected annually by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

The Curriculum Inventory is a new tool that will greatly enhance health professions educators' options for benchmarking and educational research.

Curriculum Reports and the Curriculum Inventory Portal will work together, along with other AAMC and LCME data sources, to provide demographics-based benchmarking reports and will pre-populate appropriate sections of the LCME Medical Education Database in a new system called ASSET -- Accreditation Standards Self- Evaluation Tool.

The Medical Academic Performance (MAP) Dashboard will use data collected by the AAMC and LCME to provide performance reviews in medical school performance areas such as education, clinical practice, research, faculty and student recruitment and retention.

Together, these resources will provide a suite of tools to assist schools with continuous quality improvement and accreditation efforts. Ultimately, MedAPS resources will be linked to MedEdPORTAL resources, including the new iCollaborative, to provide a comprehensive reporting tool.








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