E-Learning Resources at the Faculty of Medicine


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There has been a growing demand for medical educators to prepare more learners in a distributed environment for increasingly complex clinical practice. At the Faculty of Medicine, there has been a proliferation of experimentation with curriculum changes using e-learning technologies. These technologies encompass a suite of tools available to instructors that are designed specifically for improving the teaching and learning experience. These include in-class modalities such as audience response systems (e.g. iClicker) and live video capture (e.g. TechSmith Camtasia), to online teaching cases, virtual patients for drill and practice (e.g. Virtual Interactive Case System), and mobile resources for quick references. E-learning allows our learners to tailor their educational experiences to meet their personal learning objectives. They have more control over the content, time, pace, and learning sequence. The technologies also cater to learners with different learning styles and strengths in multiple intelligences, and acknowledge the role of medical students and residents as adult learners who can choose best how they learn.

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To address this growing demand, the Office of Integrated Medical Education (OIME) convened its 2nd Annual Summit on November 20, 2012 to explore educational technology and its power in innovation, integration, and impact, under the leadership of Deputy Dean Sarita Verma and Vice-Dean Postgraduate Medical Education Sal Spadafora. The purpose of this event was three-fold: to develop a better understanding of innovations in educational (teaching) technologies in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto; to provide a platform to harness our collective advantage across the Faculty of Medicine and our full and community-based affiliates in the area of educational technology; and, to build opportunities for future innovation, integration and collaboration in the development of educational technologies at the University of Toronto.

At the summit, we showcased some of the projects supported by the OIME, such as: integrating virtual patient case in the first semester of first year medical curriculum (Drs. Jean Hudson and Mike Wiley), piloting the replacement of didactic lectures on epidemiology with e-learning modules for the Determinants of Community Health course (Dr. Fran Scott), developing short video-based student-informed just-in-time online faculty development modules (Drs. Karen Leslie and Marcus Law), establishing a 10-month asynchronous online study group for geriatric psychiatrists who are sitting for the new Royal College geriatric psychiatry subspecialty examination (Dr. Mark Rapoport), and developing a digital emergency medicine radiology teaching database (Drs. Ivy Cheng and Nazanin Meshkat). Many grass roots projects-some with support from the Faculty of Medicine Educational Development Fund and other sources-were demonstrated. Twenty academic posters-many presented nationally and internationally but never shared locally amongst an audience from various departments and hospitals-helped us identify and build new initiatives and partnerships aimed at implementing and enhancing the integration project at the Faculty of Medicine. You can learn more by reading the proceedings of the summit. elearning

In addition, the Faculty of Medicine has launched our own website showcasing the technology enabled curriculum innovations of our faculty members. Through this website, and the role of the academic lead in educational technology of the Office of Integrated Medical Education as a resource for faculty, we hope to see more e-learning initiatives integrated into our curriculum, catalyzing the shift of the instructors' role from distributors of content and knowledge to facilitators of learning and assessors of competency.

Faculty and students are encouraged to search for e-learning resources for their teaching and learning needs. Faculty are also encouraged to submit their resources through this website to showcase their product and share with our medical education community.

Click here to access our e-learning website.

For any questions, please contact:
Dr. Chi-Ming Chow
Director, E-Learning Innovation
chiming.chow@utoronto.ca