E-Learning in Medical Education SIG
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.
Happy Holidays! It is time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season. We cannot believe we are almost at the end of 2013. In the last issue of this year's e-Learning SIG newsletter, we would like to provide a timely forum for educational opportunities that will help enhance learning through collaborative expertise and leadership in technology integrated learning. As we look forward to the New Year, let us announce the following events.
Agenda for 2014 e-Learning SIG
The 2014 PAS meeting is not far away. We have already started working on our SIG agenda planning educational activities, including selecting the presenters. Our meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. We will continue to feature a variety of speakers and topics which offer enrichment opportunities across all spectrums of the e-Learning field. Here is the preview of the e-Learning SIG sponsored workshop that will take place in Vancouver in 2014:
Kadriye O. Lewis(SIG Co-Chair) from Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO and Michal J. Cidon (SIG Co-Chair) from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA will present a workshop about the approach to evaluate the pedagogical affordances of Web 2.0 Technologies. The objectives and the description of their presentation are below:
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the pedagogical benefits, affordances, and opportunities for enhancing learning through the use of appropriately-selected Web 2.0 technologies
- Assess the pedagogical properties and capabilities of Web 2.0 tools to support authentic, interactive assessments
- Develop a plan/strategy for applying best practices of Web 2.0 to medical education
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. In the context of technology integrated teaching, it is important for educators to create opportunities for interaction, engagement, and individualized learning or risk losing learners to apathy. Such increased emphasis on collaborative and social learning has special pedagogical connection to the Web 2.0 platforms such as blogs, RSS (Really Simple Syndication), wikis, podcasts, and virtual worlds. Thus, a synthesis of understanding the pedagogical framework for the use of Web 2.0 technologies is crucial. This workshop is designed to help medical educators assess the following pedagogical affordances of Web 2.0 technologies:
- Content creation and editing
- Information sharing
This workshop will give participants hands-on experiences with various popular applications (e.g., Twitter, wikis, blogs, VoiceThread, Edmodo) to assess and evaluate the pedagogical properties of those tools. The workshop will provide materials and a screening tool that help pre-assess pedagogical properties of Web 2.0 tools before implementation or adoption in educational projects.
A Closer Look at Great Resources about E-Learning in Medical Education
There are a number of journals which focus on eLearning such as International Journal of ePortfolio (http://www.theijep.com/), Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org/), and JMIR Research Protocols (http://www.researchprotocols.org/). Here are samples of current instructional articles related to eLearning:
The new issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) discusses the effectiveness of ePortfolios in higher education, providing a framework to understand their use in educational research. View the article at http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP108.pdf
Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) is a leading journal that focuses on ehealth. View the following current articles at http://www.jmir.org/ .
- Use of sentiment analysis for capturing patient experience from free-text comments posted online by Greaves et al.
- The role of social media in online weight management: systematic review by Chang et al.
- The virtual skeleton database: an open access repository for biomedical research and collaboration by Kistler et al.
JMIR Research Protocols publishes protocols and grant proposals in medicine as well as early reports of ongoing studies. View these current articles about funded proposals at http://www.researchprotocols.org/ .
- Exploring eHealth Ethics and Multi-Morbidity: Protocol for an Interview and Focus Group Study of Patient and Health Care Provider Views and Experiences of Using Digital Media for Health Purposes by Townsend et al.
- The Onset of Type 2 Diabetes: Proposal for a Multi-Scale Model by Castiglione et al.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops - 2014
- Association of American Colleges and Universities' ePortfolio Symposium at Washington DC. January 22-25, 2014
- eLearning2014 at Orlando, Florida. February 15-18, 2014
- Doctors 2.0 & You at Paris, France. June 5-6. 2014
- Association for Authentic Experiential Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Annual Conference at Boston, MA. July 28-31, 2014.
- Medicine 2.0 '13 Summit/7th World Congress at Maui, Hawaii. Nov 13-14, 2014. http://www.medicine20congress.com/
To learn further about conferences about education and technology, visit
Call for Presentations about e-Learning:
Please note the following deadlines in your calendar.
- AAEEBL's 2014 Annual ePortfolio Conference (Deadline for proposals: February 14, 2014) - http://www.aaeebl.org/?page=2014annualconference
- Medicine 2.0 2014 (Abstract deadline: March 12, 2014) - http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2014
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.
Again, have a joyous holiday season and a new year of peace and happiness.
- e-Learning Resources
- About e-Learning
The Rapid e-Learning Blog
- Online Journals
- The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning
Online journal of Distance Learning Administration
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
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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) 234-3373