Category : Online Learning

ABSTRACT: A randomized controlled trial of two different types of web-based instructional methods [Med Teach. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI

Abstract BACKGROUND: Computer-based learning (CBL) is an effective form of medical education. Educators have developed recommendations for instructional design but there is only minimal research that evaluates these recommendations. AIM: To evaluate the effect of case-based questions contained in computer modules on learning efficacy. METHODS: The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial in 124 medical students

ABSTRACT: Methods and Effects of a Case-based Pediatric Gastroenterology Online Curriculum. [J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI

Abstract OBJECTIVES: Asynchronous learning, using Web-based instruction, is developing a growing role in medical education. Restrictions on resident work hours continue to require restructuring of formal educational activities in many programs. The objectives of this curriculum development project was to determine whether using blended learning with case-based online modules supplemented by faculty-facilitated

RESOURCE: Using the “flipped classroom” model to re-imagine medical education | Scope Blog

In this recently posted video, Charles Prober, MD, co-author of the paper and senior associate dean for medical education at the School of Medicine, medical school colleagues and Silicon Valley-based online learning pioneer Salman “Sal” Khan discuss this vision for a new medical curriculum.   via Using the “flipped classroom” model to

RESOURCE: 20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network – Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford

Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.”  This idea embodies the true spirit of a successful professional learning network: collaboration for its own sake. As educators, we aim to be connected to advance our craft.  On

SLIDESHARE: A snapshot of MOOCs in Higher Education

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been the hottest topic in Higher Education this year. Educating tens of thousands of students in one online course subtends some exciting opportunities but also a raft of pedagogical, logistical, and systemic challenges. This presentation summarises the key issues at stake and outlines a

RESOURCE: Online courses need human element to educate – CNN.com

Finally, education does not happen in isolation.Whether it's philosophy students arguing in a dorm about what Hegel meant, or fledgling Java programmers inspecting one another's code, people learn best as part of a cohort. The course material is almost secondary to the engagement. We go to college for the people.Likewise,

REPORT: Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World

The report discusses the promise of sophisticated digital learning systems for collecting and analyzing very large amounts of fine-grained data (“big data”) as users interact with the systems. It proposes that this data can be used by developers and researchers to improve these learning systems and strive to discover more

REPORT: Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics

Big data is everywhere—even in education. Researchers and developers of online learning, intelligent tutoring systems, virtual labs, simulations, and learning management systems are exploring ways to better understand and use learning analytics to improve teaching and learning. http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/technology/files/2012/03/edm-la-brief.pdf

RESOURCE: MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles | Ed Tech Now

"analytics is predicated on “big data” but in education, big data will not exist until we sort out the current failure of interoperability" By spotting patterns in the data produced by students’ online learning activity, learning analytics systems should be able to help: predict student progress; inform adaptive learning strategies (sequencing digital learning activities