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Monthly Archive: July, 2016 | Learning Technologies Blog

  • With the new learning management system (LMS) for the MCCTP, I was concerned about the user interface as a section director.  I’ve had experience using on-line modules with other software for my School of Medicine Critical Care and Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Electives.  I knew how well these others worked, as well as the challenges facing the creation of new topics, importing media (videos, pictures, pdfs), developing pre- & post-course quizzes as well as the general day-to-day (or year-to-year) maintenance of the content.  With how quickly medicine evolves, it is important to have a system that can easily be modified by the end-user (course author or director) for the most up-to-date materials for our learners.  It even appears to be easy to move around material to be available for other courses (ie remove my POCUS section from the CCM fellows’ core didactics to create a separate course on just POCUS for the CCM faculty and staff.)

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  • Audience polling (also known as audience response systems) provides powerful insights into instructional challenges. With a few taps on a mobile device, an instructor can quickly gauge an audience’s experience level, knowledge about a subject, or attitudes about controversial subjects. Presentations can be quickly customized, on the spot, to the needs of the audience. Because the audience can answer anonymously, participants can provide feedback free of the influence of peer pressure. Polling has been shown to be an effective instructional tool for increasing audience participation and promotes a deeper learning.

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  • Much of the educational content consumed in the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh comes in the form of self-paced mini-lectures delivered through our Canvas learning management system. What you may not have noticed is that the Canvas video player supports a range of playback speeds. By selecting the rate of playback, it is possible to listen to a 20 minute video in as little as 10 minutes.

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