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Academic Informatics and Technology

Instructional Technology Group: Instructional Design

Our team helps integrate technology into teaching and learning materials in order to enhance the learning experience and improve learning outcomes. We work with faculty to design and develop custom course content that promote learning for students. Educational modules offer students an engaging interactive experience when reviewing course content outside of class.

This interactive, case based learning module was created for the Hematology course taught by Dr. Eileen Scigliano. Dr. Scigliano wanted to change the student lab exercises she runs every year. After students read through a case pertaining to a patient, they worked in groups to come up with an evaluation and generate a diagnosis from a series of selectable items. The choices they select to run tests on a patient, can be correct or incorrect. Keeping these goals in mind, Erik Popil had figured out how we can approach this to get the results the Course Director wanted, creating an interface that mimics parts of the EPIC system and allowing the students to choose from an abundance of options to solve the case. Dr. Scigliano was happy to see her vision come to life. A course evaluation was sent out; many students thought the interactive cases were fun, collaborative, effective, cool, refreshing, and a good learning experience. 

Our team collaborated with Dr. Garrett Desman to create a library of information for Dermatology. Since this topic is not offered as a mandatory course, it was important to be able to spread this information to medical students. We built an area in Blackboard that any student is welcome to join and learn about any skin condition they are interested in. Each topic is linked to a case-based learning module you can interact with. The student can study a patient’s history, look for salient features and microscopic images to think through each case, the diagnosis, and treatment. Each module also comes built with a pre and post survey that students can take so we can track their knowledge of the Dermatological topic before and after they finish the learning module. Each post survey also has two questions that students are likely to come across during the STEP exams.

This learning module was created for Dr. Staci Leisman and the Introduction to Internship Clerkship. There is a small group exercise where the students get to roleplay being “on call” as a doctor. They could be receiving a call in the middle of the night, or get calls about multiple patients and must choose which patient to prioritize.  During the exercise, the students use the learning module to open up a mock EPIC system where they get to choose from six made-up patients. They can look at the patients vitals, lab results, medicines being taken, and their chart to make decisions on how they would approach the on call scenario.