Open Dialogues: How to make education more accessible

Open Dialogues: How to make education more accessible

When Claudia Krebs, professor of teaching in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, first thought of making videos for a course in neuroanatomy, her focus was on re-thinking how students are taught in medical school. “Neuroanatomy is traditionally a course that is very difficult for the students. I wanted to break it up and give them the content in manageable pieces,” said Krebs. With MEDIT Media groups, she created nine videos accompanied by 20 modules and posted the content online for public access.

ACJ Versus

ACJ Versus

Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) is based on the law of comparative judgement conceived by L. L. Thurstone in 1927 as a method for psychological measurements. First used for psychological measurements, today it offers an alternative to marking, especially for performance assessments for which achievement can be difficult to describe in mark schemes and for those where inter-marker reliability is often a problem.

This application is based on an updated 2012 paper which details ACJ’s method and history. Students answer questions asked by instructors or other students and are then able to compare and judge the given answers. From these judgements a score for each answer is calculated according to ACJ’s methods.

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ETEC522: Ventures in Learning Technology

ETEC522: Ventures in Learning Technology

The course provides an online immersion in the global learning technologies marketplace with particular emphasis on emerging markets for learning technologies in public and commercial domains. The course site provides access to open content, open discussions, and student resource production.

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ETEC510 Design Wiki

ETEC510 Design Wiki

An iterative course wiki on technology enhanced learning environments that has evolved over several years.

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Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources

Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources

The goal of Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) group is to enhance soil science education through cooperation and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The site features educational tools and courses developed to address the following topics: basic soil science principles, soil classification, land-use impacts on soil quality, and raising awareness about soil as an important natural resource.

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HLWIKI International

HLWIKI International

The objective of the HLWIKI is to build a health sciences librarianship wiki with an international perspective, but also to emphasize issues affecting practice in Canada. For example, it focuses on expert searching to support the development of systematic reviews in medicine, and searching for the grey literature. The HLWIKI International Advisory supports the Creative Commons principles of sharing and collaboration (i.e. copyleft).

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