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Adobe Express – online tool for photo editing…
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Online Study at the University of Alberta

My congratulations to the University of Alberta for jumping into online learning in a creative and innovative way!
Excerpted from Biomedical Library Blog
The University of Alberta School of Medicine has embraced one of the newest trends in medical education – providing online interactive and collaborative study tools within their learning system. Homer – think Greek mytology and students setting out on “an epic journey of lifelong learning” – is their newly created sytem that contains links to the information med students need – class notes, slides, and schedules – and also learning games, journal articles, email, Facebook and other networking tools.
What is particularly unique is the student interactivity. Students can post their own quizzes or questions, provide study tips and help monitor others posts for possible errors. The project is mostly self-policed by the med students who find and correct any errors. As one might expect, “Some first-year students objected at first, saying they just wanted to know what they were going to be tested on.” However, perhaps offering the high praise Homer’s creators were hoping for, they acknowledge later on that “Homer helped them study.”
See the full story at The Chronical of Higher Education, “Medical-School Curriculum Goes Interactive, Online, … and Hip-Hop.”
Watch the “Diagnosis Wenckebach” video created by a group of 2nd year med students at U of Alberta
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Medical Education in Second Life

Virtual Simulation is creating a lot of play in the medical education technology world and Second Life is the most accessible of the virtual worlds. The University of Saskatchewan currently leases land in Second Life where they are building an Art Gallery.
If you don’t know what Second Life is take a look at this video from MD Kiosk on Virtual Health Island.

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Here is a video about a hospital being planned in the UK
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UK Polyclinic Site
7 minute video promoting polyclinics in London

A heart attack simulation

An 3 minute explanation of the Second Health Island build by the New Media Consortium

Play2Train does interdisciplinary disaster training for hospitals and the American military. Here is a picture from their site of the Virtual Idaho Elk’s Rehabilitation Hospital
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A one minute video of the virtual hospital

Health Info Island
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Active Learning in Large Classes – PowerPoint Games

Dr. Kalyani Premkumar continued her innovative teaching by taking an hour to use a PowerPoint game to help medical students remember medical terminology and processes. The following image shows the central game board divided into 6 categories with questions of increasing difficulty in each category for a total of 33 questions.
70 students were divided into teams to compete for prizes such as pens shaped as syringes, erasers, caps etc.
The final jeopardy question was really difficult – not directly covered in classes, but required integration. The students made their bid and submitted their answers in writing. Dr. Premkumar was amazed at the variety of plausible answers that were given after the students spent sometime discussing the answers to the final question.

3-D Teaching and Learning Environments

BreakAway has created a set of tools and editors to enable the transformation of medical education curriculum into a fully immersive 3D teaching and learning environment. Created to support the Pulse!! Virtual Clinical Learning Lab developed in partnership with Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi, these tools and editors have the potential to be customized for other training programs — in medicine or in other fields. Click Twice to play.