GME Luncheon event at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences
As Instructional Technology grows into a mature field with an endemic, extensive body of knowledge, its foundations are deeply rooted in cognitive and social constructive foundations of learning. New theories emanating from a wide body of research with technology are dominating the development of novel, cutting edge innovations.
At IDTU, we strive to examine the value of educational applications beyond technology hype and glitter which often results in “joining the bandwagon” approach. This evaluation, prior to undertaking any new development considers an evidence-based approach which is best matched for the type of audience, learning environment and type of learning outcome. Further considerations are assessment and evaluation, and the most expeditious development based on effective interface design with carefully selected technologies. Our development is employed in authentic educational settings, in the Human Biology and Disease curriculum, clerkships and graduate medical education, where these tools can be evaluated for their educational significance using multiple outcomes.
The tools we have created or adopted span a wide variety of formats and modalities, including tutorials and didactic instruction, data recording and feedback, Learning Management Systems, a variety of assessment modalities, visual learning via interactive modules using videos, imaging, multimedia, and audience response systems.
Some of the theories we have employed in our development are: