Clickers and Medical Education

I love Derek Bruff‘s latest blog post on clickers and medical education for a couple of reasons.

First, it gives a great subject-specific overview of how clickers might make a concrete difference in the classroom. Look at all the different types of questions one could ask using clickers: that’s some serious student engagement, reflective thinking, and quick feedback!

Second, it uses Prezi as the vehicle for presenting his ideas. Prezi is sort of like a zoomable, hybrid whiteboard-sideshow that lives in the cloud. If you haven’t seen a Prezi presentation before, give this one whirl. And, if you decide you’d like to try and make your own, note that they have some free educational licenses.

p.s. Should you ever need to put a Prezi on a wordpress.com blog, here is the how-to.

The price is right

Here are a few free items that might make your eLearning life a little easier.

1. From Enspire Learning, a free ebook on case studies for the medical and healthcare fields. These are snapshots of the custom ecourses Enspire has created for healthcare industry firms, but a clever instructor could adapt the problem-solving paradigm in order to make these scenarios applicable to a classroom setting. (Note that there’s also a free End-of-life Nursing scenario on their demo page.)

2. Mobile email can be associated with sloppy proofreading and short, brusque sentences. No more! Read about free text expansion options – including something super-easy for iOS5 users. Now you can compose your own shorthand for “please carefully review your paper for spelling, grammar, and citation errors” when you answer multiple student emails on the go.

3. Quick tech tip for Office 2010 users: did you know there’s a built-in screen capture feature? The screenshot tool is located on the Insert tab, and you have the option to snag your whole screen or just one open window. The selected image is then automatically pasted into your Office document and the image editing menus appear. Cool, huh? Talk about an easy way to get tables, charts, etc. into your documents or presentations!

Boo!

Happy Halloween! I’ve rounded up some fun links for you today.
All treats, no tricks – I promise!

1.  A virtual cadaver. This is, well, exactly what you might think. Here’s a concise description:

An interactive anatomy study table that allows students to find out what the inside of a human body looks like without making a single cut. Instead of using a scalpel, students use their finger to make “incisions” in the 3D projection of a human body. The table offers doctors and students an incredibly accurate and detailed image of skeletal and muscle systems . . . . Touchscreen technology allows students to spin, drag, and make incisions in the digital flesh, examining different body parts more closely. In the future, students will be able to take home scans that they looked at during class and view them on their iPad or other mobile devices.

Now that is cool, huh? No price listed, alas. But it could be pretty nifty for patient education and for teams of healthcare providers who could collaborate and demonstrate their particular concerns before, say, the patient is open on the operating table.

2. Six E-Learning Demons to Avoid. Hokey? Yes. Useful? Absolutely. I’d also add something about not Frankensteining your online content by mashing together items with different styles, design themes, clashing fonts, etc.  Of course, none of our wise readers would be guilty of such horrifying behavior!

3. Innovative uses for eLearning tools. Think of that pillowcase that became a candy bag – or, as the author suggests, the screwdriver that protects you from zombies. You’re a pro at re-purposing! You can also creatively use the items in your eLearning toolbox. Don’t let habit or the stated function be your limit. The author mentions how he uses PowerPoint and quiz software (note that you can’t do this sort of slide view with quiz option in LearningStudio) to do things other than to make presentations and give quizzes. What’s your pillowcase / screwdriver – what tool are you successfully using outside of its stated purpose?