2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Inquiry-based learning and Online Environments: "Moodling about..."

David Masuda - Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics


Our graduate program in biomedical informatics involve students at masters, doctoral, post-doctoral and executive, and a common challenge for these advanced level students revolves around metacognition. Commonly they have come through years of traditional education in which self-assessment of learning is secondary, if not absent. In short, they have rarely considered the questions of "How do I know what I know?" and "How do I best learn?" in an active, and prescriptive way. Over the past 2 years I have delivered a range of courses in a hybrid in-person/online environment within which students move through a series of active learning modules, roughly based on the Anchored Modular Inquiry model of Bransford and Vye. Using the open-source learning management system Moodle, I've worked to design a series of interchangeable modules that encourage student engagement through the use of multimedia instructional resources and open fora for discussion, conversation and debate - both designed to enable students to reflect on their own learning styles and, with luck, to aid them in better developing their life-long learning skills.



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