Educational Resources in Trek
Shanta Zimmer, MD, Senior
Associate Dean for Education
In order to adapt to the changes in the Trek Curriculum, and
the ways in which Medical Education is taught, the Office of Education
Technology in the School of Medicine has been working diligently to provide the
most up to date resources for the medical student learners. In order to support
the changes to the curriculum and the transition to virtual learning due to
COVID, our team has been working in tandem to update systems and plan for the
future. The School of Medicine Ed Tech team evaluates resources and identifies
opportunities for improvement or development to provide the students with the
best possible learning experiences and set everyone up for success.
What are the resources being utilized and how
are they impacting curriculum delivery?
Zoom: Even though Zoom was utilized prior to COVID, the staff and faculty found new ways to utilize this resource to facilitate small group sessions across the curriculum through PBL, Foundations of Doctoring and exam proctoring. In addition to its use for small groups, Zoom is used to deliver and record synchronous lectures. The whiteboard and polling features have proven valuable as well. The utilization of this resource and all of its capabilities has allowed faculty, staff and students to connect in new ways and facilitates group work and face to face communication while we must maintain social distancing.
Elentra: Elentra is a new resource that the School of Medicine is in the
process of acquiring to consolidate the resources and systems needed to manage
and deliver student activities and scheduling, student assessment and course
evaluation, data records and curriculum delivery in the School of Medicine. We
currently use a number of systems to create, organize, disseminate and track
coursework and student data. This new system will allow everything to be kept
in one place and streamline many processes for staff members which will, in
turn, create more consistency across the years of the curriculum and continuity
for the medical students and faculty.
Online MedEd: When students were transitioned from in person learning to
virtual learning during the height of the COVID pandemic in March of 2020, the
School of Medicine needed to continue to provide educational experiences and
learning opportunities for our third year medical students who were displaced
from their clerkships. The Online MedEd system allows course directors to
select medical cases and topics that they would like their students to learn
and review. The students are then able to explore cases, step by step, and have
discussions with their classmates and facilitators. This clinical case-based
learning prepares the students for patient encounters and decreases the impact
of the COVID disruption.
Aquifer: In addition to Online MedEd, the School of Medicine is utilizing
Aquifier, which is a virtual tool for clinical learning for medical students
and faculty members. Like Online Med Ed, faculty members are able to identify
cases or topics, specifically around radiology content, for their students to
review on their own and then come together for case based discussion of the
outcomes and skill development.
Panopto: This system
for the online delivery of lecture recordings is being used for the recording
of live lectures and its use has been expanded to include the capture and posting
of asynchronous learning modules. Faculty can record a lecture or short talk in
Panopto from their laptop, wherever they are, and share that with the student
cohort online. This system is searchable, helping students find terms of
interest in the captured PowerPoint slides and in the audio recordings.
While this list is
not all encompassing, it provides an insight into the variety of tools that are
being used to deliver the curriculum for School of Medicine Students. The
School of Medicine continues to use already established tools that are present
throughout the University of Colorado system like Canvas that holds modules and
allows for assignment submission and grade distribution. This combination of
resources supports current student learning while also preparing for the future
with research and development. Thank you to our Office of Educational
Technology and your dedication to our student population and resource