E-Learning in Medical Education SIG

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SIG Description

E-Learning is defined as any type of learning that is enabled or delivered to learners by Internets and Intranets or other types of computer networks. In recent years e-Learning environments have begun to incorporate web technology platforms to provide a simple and time flexible instructional delivery mode. The transition to online distance learning is creating a paradigm shift in the way health care professionals deliver instruction. Training is needed for the development of computer-based, alternative methods of course delivery and communication in medical education. The goal of the SIG for e-Learning in Medical Education is to help and encourage healthcare professionals to adopt new instructional delivery modes, to supplement or replace more traditional educational formats, and to identify teaching strategies that are time effective for their busy schedules. The SIG will also assist physicians and other healthcare professionals to select the best online teaching techniques, redesign their content and curriculum, incorporate self-directed, student-centered learning, and more effectively use computers to meet their learning objectives.

Mission and Vision

The SIG for e-Learning in Medical Education is a forum for medical educators with an interest in the use of e-Learning to support teaching and learning. With support from the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) this SIG is an opportunity for APA members to network, share ideas, resources, and experiences in the development and use of e-Learning in medical education. The SIG will enable members to keep up to date with national e-Learning initiatives and potential funding opportunities as well as provide support for help and advice to effectively design, develop, teach and evaluate online courses. Annual meetings will take place at the PAS annual conference, and on-demand meetings will be conducted online using available technologies.


Objectives of the SIG for e-Learning in Medical Education are to:

  • Provide expertise and training to medical educators to effectively design, develop, teach and evaluate online courses, as well as to convert existing teaching materials into a format appropriate for e-Learning.
  • Educate APA members/healthcare professionals transition from traditional methodologies to student-centered, interactive online learning through conference workshops and meetings.
  • Encourage healthcare professionals to take advantage of the benefits of a digital world.
  • Establish a sustainable and expanding e-Learning network of medical educators to share knowledge and experience and showcase innovative practice and development.
  • Share latest developments, e-Learning technologies and ideas on the e-Learning SIG listserv.
  • Participate in educational activities to establish a common baseline understanding of e-Learning technologies and applications.
  • Establish best practice standards for the development of new online learning modules and encourage research to examine the effectiveness of e-Learning.
  • Keep abreast of current online programs and review national and international developments in e-learning.


April 2014 Newsletter Article

Daylight savings time has officially marked the Spring season. Around the corner is our Fifth annual e-Learning SIG meeting. This year our SIG meeting is in beautiful Vancouver. We are excited to present our SIG e-learning agenda with a variety of speakers and topics.

Agenda for 2014 e-Learning SIG
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Course Number: E-Learning in Medical Education (TBD)
Location: TBD
Meeting # 6

  • Kadriye O. Lewis
  • Michal Cidon
  • Erik Black

Time 2014 e-Learning SIG Agenda Items
9:00 - 9:20Welcome, introduction, and overview of e-Learning SIG Activities
(Presenters: Kadriye O. Lewis; Michal Cidon; Erik Black)
9:20 - 9:50Title: Leveraging e-Learning in Pediatric Education
(Presenters: Kadriye O. Lewis; Michal Cidon; John Mahan; Teresa Seto)

Description: Despite the increasing demands and use of e-learning in medical education, research and literature on this topic is in its early stages. We will present a systematic database review of published studies in the field of e-learning in pediatric training between 2002 and 2013. We will also discuss the neglected areas in the implementation of e-learning in pediatric instruction.
9:50 - 10:20Title: Keeping Students Engaged in E-Learning -Lessons from Asia
(Presenter: Ashok Deorari)

Description: Moodle learning environment is used for continuing professional development courses on sick newborn and neonatal nursing in Asia. The greatest challenge in e-Learning is to maintain interest of students for entire 3 month course duration. Various methods adopted to keep online mentors and students engaged in learning will be discussed.
10:20 - 10:30Break (10 minutes)
10:30 - 10:55Title: Apps in Newborn Health: Sharing Smart Phones For Improving Knowledge and Skills of Health Care Professionals
(Presenters: Anu Thukral; Ashok Deorari; BV Adkoli)

Description: Apps is a term used to describe Internet applications that run on smartphones and other mobile devices. Mobile applications usually help users by connecting them to Internet services more commonly accessed on desktop or a notebook. It helps the user to run and utilize internet on their portable devices. We would share technical expertise required for development and also share the efficacy of this device based application in improvement of knowledge and skills of health care professionals working in small hospitals. We shall also share the learners satisfaction assessed on Likert's scale and in a focus group discussion.
10:55 - 11:55e-Learning SIG Sponsored Workshop

Title: Evaluating Pedagogical Affordances of Web 2.0 Technologies
(Presenters: Kadriye O. Lewis; Michal J. Cidon)

Description: Web 2.0 technologies (free or open source) have evolved over the last decade and provide a wealth of opportunities for learners to engage in content creation thereby supporting high-order, authentic learning and assessment techniques. To support this generation of proficient Web 2.0 users, medical educators need to carefully assess the pedagogical affordances of Web 2.0 tools. This workshop is designed to help medical educators assess the following pedagogical affordances of Web 2.0 technologies:

1) Availability
2) Utility
3) Connectivity
4) Collaboration
5) Content creation and editing
6) Information sharing
11:55 - 12:00Wrap-Up and Closing

Strides in e-Learning Projects - 2014:
Information about e-learning in medical education remains fairly fragmented. We would like to increase your exposure to various e-learning initiatives in order to highlight their potential in applying it to your teachings. Learning analytics is increasingly applied to educational websites and social media sites. Learning analytics refer to the measurement, collection, and analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, usually with the purpose to improve their learning outcome.

Google Analytics (www.google.com/analytics/) is a free tool which provides detailed information about websites and social media sites. It is used frequently in user experience and usability studies. Information provided, includes how users navigate the site, which pages they access and how long they remain on each page. Many academic institutions assist faculty in integrating Google Analytics within their educational website. For social network analysis, SNAPP, Social networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice, is a recommended software tool which allows educators to visualize and analyze their discussion and learning activities within commercial and open source learning management systems such as BlackBoard and Moodle. To learn more about this tool, please visit www.snappvis.org.

Recent Publications in E-Learning in Medical Education
Jang, HW, Kim KJ. (2014). Use of online clinical videos for clinical skills training for medical students: benefits and challenges. BMC Med Ed, 14 (1):56.

Lau KH. (2014). Computer-based teaching module design: principles derived from learning theories. Medical Education, 48(3), 247-254.

Nesterowicz, K, Librowski, T., Edelbring, S. (2014). Validating e-learning in continuing pharmacy education: user acceptance and knowledge change. BMC Medical Education, 14 (33).

Soar S, Ryan S, Salisbury H. (2014). Using patient's experiences in e-learning design. Clin Teach, 11(2), 80-83.

Educational Web Tools
The Top 10 Best eLearning Game Templates in 2013

Find informative presentations about the use of ePortfolios at

Medical Apps for Learning, Teaching and Research
There has been a significant increase in the development and use of healthcare related apps in recent years. Here are some useful medical apps for learning, teaching and research:

Medscape (Apple -Android-Windows-BlackBerry)
Medscape from WebMD (medscape.com) is the leading medical resource most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information. You can use this app on iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

3D Brain (Apple -Android-Windows-Web)
This app that allows you to use your mobile device to rotate and zoom around 28 interactive structures of the brain. This app has an Apple, Android and Windows version.

Epocrates (Apple -Android)
Access Epocrates' trusted clinical resources faster and more conveniently than ever from your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod touch. More than 1 million active members, including 50% of U.S. physicians, rely on Epocrates to enable better patient care by delivering the right information, right when it's needed.

modalityBODY (Apple)
The modalityBODY App for iPad enables you to create interactive image libraries of the human body for professional reference, training, and patient education. Compile images from renowned medical texts or from your own photos to create custom collections. modalityBODY serves as an image-centric personal reader for your anatomy and health science reference materials. From within this free app, you'll register for the modalityBODY Store, an in-app purchase mechanism that offers content sets from leading medical publishers and content experts.

Calculate by QxMD(Apple -Android-BlackBerry)
A next-generation clinical calculator and decision support tool, freely available to the medical community.'Calculate' is focused on highlighting tools which are actually useful in clinical practice and serve to impact diagnosis, treatment or determining prognosis

VisualDx(Apple -Android)
VisualDx provides physician-reviewed clinical information with thousands of medical images showing the variation of disease presentation through age, stage, and skin type.

iRadiology (for iPad and iPhones) is an invaluable learning tool for medical students and residents with little time to spare. It allows for quick review of classic radiology cases during rounds or clinical rotations. No internet connection required!

Unbound Medicine (Apple -Android-BlackBerry)
Unbound Medicine creates mobile and web medical reference Apps for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, and BlackBerry devices. Nursing apps, medical apps, pharmacy apps and veterinary apps are featured.

DynaMed (Apple -Android-BlackBerry)
Students and physicians can use this clinical reference tool created by physicians for point-of-care situations.It is available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

iStethoscope Pro (Apple -Android)
iStethoscope Pro turns your iPhone into a stethoscope, allowing you to listen to your heatbeat and see your heart waveform, or listen to other quiet sounds around you. As seen on TV around the world! The professional version includes the ability to see and email a spectrogram of the audio, shows tips and information, and has no adverts. Please note that this app is intended to be used for entertainment purposes. Source: http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2014/03/medical-apps-for-learning-teaching.html

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops - 2014

To learn further about educational technology and related education conferences, please visit http://www.elearnhub.org/education-technology-conferences-january-june-2014/

Call for Presentations about e-Learning:
Please note the following deadlines in your calendar.

Our e-Learning SIG mission is to create a supportive network for medical professionals with an interest in e-learning and exploring hands-on practical ways to implement e-learning in their own institutions. We are inviting all of you to share your knowledge and experiences on trends, ideas and best practices in e-learning in pediatrics.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Erik Black

Michal Cidon

Kadriye Lewis

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The Rapid e-Learning Blog

Online Journals
The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

Online journal of Distance Learning Administration

BMJ Journal

Medical Education Online (MEO)

Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)

The Internet Journal of Pathology

Annals of Internal Medicine

Innovate: Journal of Online Education

The Journal of Educators Online (JEO)

The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN)

Dermatology Online Journal

Events and Conferences:
The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

Policy and Guidelines
The Importance of Policies in E-Learning Instruction

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Erik Black, PhD
1701 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: (352) 334-1357

Michal Cidon, MD
700 Welch Rd, Suite 301
Stanford, CA 94304
Phone: (650) 723-8295

Kadriye Lewis, EdD
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 234-3308



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