Compendium of education links for medical students

This site from UCSD School of Medicine includes original material on teaching and learning the clinical exam, but also includes an extensive collection of links to anatomy, medical education, evidence-based medicine, and clinical subspecialty sites. There is probably something here for most everyone teaching in the medical curriculum.

NETsavvy: a forum for sharing information, ideas, and experiences about new educational technologies (NETs)

NETsavvy is a resource creating by the Univ. of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence. You will find pages devoted to clickers, concept map software, presentation tools, screencasting, data visualization tools, wikis, outliners, and more. This is a great resource for exploring tools and learning how to employ them in your teaching and learning.

"26 iPad apps to transform your teaching"

The Educational Technology and Mobile Learning website describes itself as "a resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators". A recent post entitled "26 iPad apps to transform your teaching" will be of interest to many of you.

Resources to help you improve your PowerPoints

The Michigan State Office of Medical Education Research and Development offers an online video tutorial titled Practical PowerPoint for Medical Educators: Designing Effective Slides According to Principles of Learning.

The tutorial answers the following questions: When should you use PowerPoint slides? What standard slide designs make it more difficult for students to learn from the slides? How can you design your slides to make them easier to understand? 

The Centre for Teaching Excellence also has excellent tip sheets on Using Visual Aids and Designing Visual Aids.

Did you give feedback today?

Katie Huggett from Creighton University School of Medicine outlines how to give effective feedback in just 7 bullet points. Good (and succinct) advice.

VUE- Open source concept-mapping software

Concept-mapping (“mind-mapping”) is a helpful technique for both students and faculty who are trying to comprehend and convey information. One powerful, full-featured and FREE concept mapping application I recommend is VUE.

Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information. See this beautiful example, created by our own Dr. Mark Miller. You also can see examples of how others use VUE here. The program is available for both Windows and iOS at this download link.

Tip: Be sure to right-click on nodes you create. There are a number of useful options that allow you to add images, web links, .PDFs, and more.

P.S. Here is a grading rubric for assessing student-created concept maps.

Why flip the medical classroom?

Basic scientists and clinician educators at Columbia explain the benefits and how-to’s of implementing engaged learning in the medical classroom in this entertaining 8.5 minute video. If you are convinced, visit Deirdre Bonnycastle's resource page for practical how-to's.

What a list! Something here for every medical educator.

You have got to check out this compendium of ideas for improving active learning in your classroom, compiled by Deirdre Bonnycastle. In addition to techniques for the classroom, you will find links to games (I especially like the Pathology Ladders and Snakes game), animations, flashcard collections, PowerPoint tips, and much more.

Online Journal: Medical Science Educator

IAMSE's online journal, Medical Science Educator, is now being published by Springer. The table of contents of the current edition will be posted in our suggested resources section to the right of this post.You may use our link to peruse the full TOC.

If you are an IAMSE member, you have FREE access to the journal. For this you need to login into the IAMSE website. Go to the menu on the left, scroll down to "Members Only" and click on "Member Login". Now you can use your IAMSE Username and Password. On the next page you can access the full current issues by clicking on: "To view the most current issue, click here".

Tips for writing clear learning objectives (with examples from medical education)

Writing good learning objectives can be a challenge. Here are some practical resources for improving your learning objectives:

Good overviews:

And here are some specific examples from medical education: