The Education Technology Unit, in conjunction with the e-teaching collaborative, provides tools and support for the Faculty of Health Sciences to help them use technology in their teaching.
Interactive online learning modules are ideal for the presentation of foundational material, as course material can be recorded once and reused multiple times. The web-based delivery means that learners can access and interact with the material regardless of time and location, which allows them to prepare for in-class sessions and to review material afterwards at their own pace.
In the Faculty of Health Sciences, online learning modules are created in three ways:
- Community in MEdTech or Helix Central
- Articulate Storyline
Community in MEdTech, Rehab or Helix Central
It’s very simple to create web-based modules in MEdTech, Rehab or Helix Central and requires no prior website development knowledge. Here is a great example.
Helpful guidelines for structuring web-based online learning modules (complete with examples) are available right within the system in a module called Online Learning Modules.
To help get you started, tutorial videos cover how quickly and easily:
- setup web pages and edit the navigation menu
- add content, such as: videos, audio narration, images, hyperlinks etc.
- share downloadable resources
- create discussion forums
- add photo galleries and
- attach quizzes
If you need some training at the outset or run into any challenges in creating your web-based online learning module, please contact Katherine Peter, Education Technology’s Online Learning and Training Coordinator, for help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articulate Storyline 2
Articulate Storyline 2 is specialized software used to create sophisticated interactive online learning modules for courses. Faculty members can make a request for assistance to convert content that has been storyboarded in PowerPoint to Articulate Storyline 2, for help: email@example.com.
Here is an example of an Articulate Storyline module
Online Learning Modules can be created using a free authoring tool called eXe that uses a rich-text editor and pre-defined templates to quickly and easily develop interactive modules without any knowledge of HTML coding.
Text-based Interactive Modules are ideally suited for the presentation of foundational material that students are required to know in order to be able to work on more complex problems or cases. Since the modules are published online, students can review the material at their own time and pace and the use of self-assessment questions allows them to check and see that they have understood the material.
An example of an online learning module developed with eXe is here.
For more information on how to develop and publish your module, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like assistance finding images and video for your module, please contact the Health Informatics Librarian at Bracken Library.
MEdTech Central and Helix Central allow faculty members to develop and assign online quizzes that can be used by students to assess their learning from in-class activities. By blending learning events with online quizzes, students can self-check their answers and faculty can receive feedback on how the students answered on a individual or group basis, as well as on a per question or per test basis.
- Two quiz types – a formative quiz where students receive immediate feedback on how they did and a summative quiz with time-released results and feedback
- Multiple choice questions with question weighting and the option to provide feedback for correct and incorrect answers
- Quiz preview – see what the quiz will look like from the students point of view
- Assign quizzes to learning events
- Time release the quiz by specifying a start and stop date
- View results from a quiz for the entire class or on a per question or per student basis.
Audience Response tools are an effective way to use technology in the classroom to foster interaction in a large group setting.
The Health Sciences Education Technology Unit offers and supports a service to guide you through the process of using audience response tools from the intial set up to walking you through your presentation. Please contact Lynel Jackson if you have any further questions, need an account for Poll Everywhere or would like more information.
Benefits of Using Audience Response
- Poll Everywhere is a simple application that works well for live audiences using mobile devices. Students participate by visiting a fast mobile-friendly web page for your event, or sending text messages. Instructions are displayed on-screen. The poll that is embedded within the presentation or web page will update in real time.
- The Audience Response system creates a way of communicating with their professors directly to demonstrate what they have learned and to see what their peers have learned
- Students also have the opportunity to engage with the material, learning in a less traditional manner that involves them more actively.
- Faculty feel a greater sense of connection with students in such a large class, and are able to tailor lectures and discussions based on the knowledge base of their students
- Faculty are able to offer immediate formative feedback to the class, based on the data the clickers have given them
- Faculty are able to shift their teaching focus to conceptual instruction, and student engagement
- Faculty can store and review student response to improve future teaching.
Currently all undergraduate lectures are recorded and made available to students through a podcasting feed through MEdTech Central and iTunes. The podcasts are unedited recordings of lectures that are published after the learning event for student review.
Podcasting can be used to record live events, such as visiting speakers, but it can also be used to deliver pre-recorded content, such as session summary or unit review.
If you are interested in creating an audio recording for your course or event, please contact email@example.com.
Online discussion forums are a great way to interact with your students outside of the classroom. The use of a web-based forum for discussion provides for an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned and practice their reflection and writing skills in an asynchronous and moderated fashion.
Private discussion forums can be set up in MEdTech Central by creating a Community and enabling the discussion module. Step-by-step instructions on how to do this can be found here.
For more information on creating online discussion forums in EdTech Central, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.