U-M’s Medical School: Digital Experimentation

The Digital Education & Innovation Team

“We’ve been increasingly trying to change the idea of what a class is.” Ted Hanss, Medical School Chief Information Officer

Given the typical structure of Medical School curriculums, which includes fourth year students spread around the country, colocated classrooms can be a difficult proposition. With this challenge in mind the Medical School at U-M has been rethinking the classroom, including experimenting with modular content and video conferencing to bring students together in one place. Simultaneously, many faculty are experimenting with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by taking content from the classroom and exploring how it can be enriched by sharing with broader audiences. Four of these courses are being offered on October 5 and are currently open for enrollment:

Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education – Opens teaching and instructional resources surrounding human care up for health professionals to re-mix and reuse.

Teaching and Assessing Clinical Skills – Improves feedback, clinical teaching, and assessment of clinical skills.

Introduction to Cataract Surgery – Prepares students with the skills they need for the OR, from preoperative evaluation to postoperative care.

Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine, and Society – Provides personally and professionally relevant up-to-the-date information on the biological, personal, and societal relevance of sleep.

Interested in learning more about how Michigan’s Medical School is experimenting with digital education? Hear more from Ted Hanss:

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