Getting Your Educational Innovations “Out There”

I hear it frequently from colleagues and friends... I'm just not a research-y person.  I see patients and teach, I don't have time to write up articles for journals...Besides, I'm not good at that stuff... Perhaps it is the fault of the increasing demands of our clinical work, the difficulty in recruiting academic faculty, concern …

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Effective teaching – comparing two frameworks

Saw an interesting journal article recently on the the elements of instructional sessions that make them more effective.  I was struck that Dr. Mayer (a prolific educational psychology researcher) listed Nine Evidence-based Principles for the Science of Instruction.  Those in the instructional design fields will also be familiar with Robert Gagne's "Nine Events of Instruction".  …

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Stuck at Level 2 – Kirkpatrick Levels of Training Evaluation and EBM Teaching

The instructional design world, focused as it is on training in business, has done a better job of defining educational outcomes, in my opinion, than we in medicine have.  In medicine, we seem wedded to a clinical trial mentality.  Not really in terms of study design - the randomized controlled trial is just as much …

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Blogging for education

This years' participants in a class I really enjoyed in my masters' degree program on planned change and innovation have set up a weblog as an example of innovation that also manages to complete a requirement for the course.  Cool, I think! Planned Change: Basic Theme of Chapter 6