On Friday March 3, James McKay from our Learn@UW-Madison team presented a breakout session on collaboration tools at the Department of Medicine Education Day. In its second year, the annual event was created to help support those involved in the Department of Medicine’s core teaching and learning mission.
Focusing on tools in the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies that are centrally supported and available to campus, James demonstrated their application to teaching and learning. The breakout session explored tools such as web conferencing technologies Blackboard Collaborate and Google Hangouts; online discussion tools such as Piazza, Canvas and D2L; document sharing through Google Docs and the campus’s video hosting service Kaltura. Walking participants through 5 separate scenarios such as Office Hours and Group Assignments, James demonstrated the possible uses of collaboration technologies in teaching, learning and research.
“The Department of Medicine is located far away from the rest of campus and has some pretty unique pedagogical needs, so it was an interesting challenge,” James said. “A lot of the participants were unaware of what our campus offers technology wise, and it was a lot of fun helping them walk through how those technologies can help with some of their more unique teaching and learning requirements.” The session went so well that when James inadvertently went 15 minutes over time, no one left.
In addition to breakout sessions, Education Day also featured a presentation on the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) curriculum redesign efforts that Blaire Bundy from our Strategic Learning Technology Consulting service supports with strategic planning assistance, one-on-one consultations and presentations. Blaire is working with SMPH deans, faculty leadership and technology staff on the total transformation of the 4-year MD curriculum. The current model is being transformed into 10 integrated longitudinal blocks. The new curriculum will establish a foundation of medical knowledge in 18 months, thus getting students into clinical experiences a semester earlier than the current model.
It was through Blaire’s relationship with SMPH that James was connected with the event organizers so that he could share the opportunities available through the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. The interconnectivity of DoIT Academic Technology’s 14 services ensures that we can provide optimal support for UW-Madison’s initiatives in teaching, learning and research.
If you would like to learn more about how you can incorporate learning technologies like web conferencing into your course, our learning technology consultants are available via email or phone at (608) 262-5667.