Welcome to Faculty Learning Community on Medical Education Research
The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on medical education research is established as one approach to supporting faculty development and growth as scholars of teaching and educational research and to bringing together a diverse group of individuals who can share experience as they undertake teaching and research activities. The FLC is open to any junior, mid-career, senior faculty, and staff members across multiple disciplines who are involved and interested in teaching, continuing learning, and scholarship of teaching. Learn more about the FLC.

Schedule of the Faculty Learning Community Program

Closing Event for the 2012 Faculty Learning Community


December 19, 2012

Closing Retreat
Time: 12:00 noon -1:00pm
Location: Room # 225B, Kresge Library

The purpose of the retreat is to:
•Provide an opportunity for faculty members to reflect on and share learning experiences as scholars of teaching and educational research;
•Exchange ideas and success stories in teaching and evaluating students;
•Explore any possibilities/opportunities for conducting a collaborative teaching/research project from a multidisciplinary perspective; and
•Discuss any topic of interest to the group

Lunch will be provided. Please contact Misa Mi if you are interested.

December 7, 2012
Topic: Online Tools for Collaboration
Presenter: Keith Engwall, Assistant Professor and Web & Emerging Technologies, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Time: 12:00 noon -1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Description:

Collaboration doesn't have to stop when you're not in the same room. We all have busy schedules, and finding time to be in the same place at the same time can be extremely difficult. The original intent of the Internet was to provide infrastructure for remote collaboration and while e-mail is still an effective means to communicate, new tools for online collaboration have evolved. This workshop will provide an overview of several categories of collaboration tools, including Evernote, Skitch, Dropbox, and a few other tools, and will discuss issues such as system requirements, password overload, content preservation and privacy.

Participants will come away with a better understanding of online tools for collaborative creation and sharing of files, documents and bibliographies, images and diagrams, real-time and asynchronous communication, as well as issues relating to using collaborative tools.

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.

November 20, 2012
Topic: Brain à la Mode: How Chess Expertise Informs Education
Presenter: Dr. Barbara Oakley from Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
Time: 12:00 noon -1:00pm
Location: Room #225B, Kresge Library

Dr. Oakley will share with us her knowledge and views on learning and teaching from the perspectives in neuroscience. At the end of her talk, you will be able to
--Describe how and why hemispheric processing differences provide insight related to chess expertise as well as to everyday learning.
--Explain how bottom up “chunking” and top down global approaches both play important roles in learning.
--Integrate recent findings about recall versus concept mapping into your teaching.
--Explain how the concept of Einstellung relates to the answer on a test occurring after the test is turned in—and how this relates to hemispheric approaches to learning.
--Describe how focal and fringe concepts of consciousness relate to learning.

Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is an Associate Professor of Engineering in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Oakland University. Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neurocircuitry and social behavior. Oakley is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award and a number of teaching awards. Prior to her academic career, Oakley also rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. Oakley is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the author of Coldblooded Kindness (Prometheus Press, 2011), Evil Genes (Prometheus Press, 2008), and Hair of the Dog (WSU Press, 1996). She was also lead editor of Pathological Altruism (Oxford University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Springer, 2008).

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.


November 9, 2012
Topic: Cognitive Overload: How to Present Information Your Students
Presenter: Jill Stefaniak, MTD, CPLP, Director of Education Training, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Time: 12:00 noon -1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library

This session will discuss three types of cognitive load that can have an impact on a student’s academic performance. Strategies that can assist with alleviating cognitive overload will be presented. A template to assist you in preventing cognitive overload from occurring will be shared.
Upon completion of this session, you will be able to:

--Define the three types of cognitive load: intrinsic, extrinsic, and germane.
--Distinguish the difference between traditional instructional strategies and learner-centered instructional strategies.
--Identify 3 learner-centered instructional strategies that you can incorporate within your classroom.

Please join us for the seminar!

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.


October 26, 2012
Topic: Student Peer Assessment Process Using Adobe Forms Database Software: An Education Innovation Showcase
Presenter: David Rodenbaugh, PhD, Assistance Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Time: 11:00 AM -12:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library

Purpose of FLC Session:
The presentation will outline the use of Adobe Forms to perform formative and summative student peer assessment for 125 medical students. The student peer assessment process also includes a review component of the student narratives. Each student is assigned to two faculty reviewers who are asked to independently evaluate the specificity, clarity and professional tenor of the student feedback. A final student peer assessment score is based both upon the scores his/her team mates provided and the scores faculty provided based upon the quality of feedback the student provided their peers.

Please join us for the presentation and education innovation showcase!

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.


October 12, 2012
Topic: Situated Learning in Medical Education
Presenter: Jennifer Eastwood, PhD, Assistance Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library

Description:
Many of the “hot topics” in medical education, such as simulation, team-based learning, and interprofessional education, harness situated learning theory, which posits that what people know is inextricably tied to the contexts in which they acquire and apply knowledge. In this session, we will discuss how we can connect theory to practice in both our teaching and our scholarship. We will explore ways to make learning environments more authentic to medical practice in order to facilitate students’ development of medical skills, attitudes, and knowledge. We will reflect on our current successes and the barriers to providing authentic contexts for our students. Finally, we will discuss strategies for overcoming barriers and lay foundations for new ways to situate learning in more engaging and authentic contexts

Pre-Reading:
John Seely Brown and his colleagues have written a seminal article on situated learning, which is selected as the pre-reading for group discussion at the FLC event. This ten-page article will surely be a fun read.

Article reference:
Brown, J. S., Collins, A., & Duguid, P. (1989). Situated cognition and the culture of learning. Educational Researcher,18 (1), 32-42.

Access to Article:
You can access the full-text journal article at http://libcat.oakland.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=734878.
OR contact Misa Mi (mi@oakland.edu) if you need any assistance downloading the full-text article online.

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.



September 28, 2012

Topic: Quasi-Experimental Designs, Assessment, and OIRA: An Introduction
Presenter: Reuben Ternes, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA)
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library

In this presentation, you’ll learn about:
  • Quasi-experimental designs used in educational research
  • Tools that researchers use to estimate and establish causality when experimental design and random assignment are unavailable as research tools
  • Assessment & policy analysis
  • Oakland University Office of Institutional Research & Assessment - what it is and what resources and services it provides for faculty

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.



September 7, 2012

Workshop

Topic: Introduction to Rubrics
Presenter: Judith Ableser, PhD, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Objectives for the FLC workshop:

At the end of the workshop, participants will
  • Describe and define constructive alignment and how learning outcomes and assessments are related
  • Compare and contrast Authentic Assessment and Traditional Assessment
  • Define and describe rubrics
  • Demonstrate the steps to creating a rubric
  • Compare and contrast analytic and holistic rubrics
  • View and analyze sample rubrics
  • Describe additional marking schemes such as marking outlines
  • Apply rubrics to own assignments
  • Explain why rubrics/marking schemes are our best friends

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.


August 24, 2012

Workshop

Topic: Alternative Ways to Publish Your Educational Works
Presenter: Misa Mi, Associate Professor and Medical Librarian, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library

In this workshop, you will learn about alterative ways to disseminate your scholarly teaching materials and educational research. Topics to be addressed will include publishers of educational research, digital repositories of scholarly teaching materials, and online open-access journals with a focus on medical education. Pros and cons of each publication mode will be discussed as well.

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi


August 10, 2012

Workshop

Topic: H-Index & Journal Impact Factors: Reliable Tools to Evaluate Your Scholarly Work?
Presenter: Stephanie Swanberg, Assistant Professor and Medical Librarian, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Time: 11noon-12:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Description/Objectives for the FLC workshop:

Scholarly metrics, such as the h-index and impact factor, were originally developed to aid libraries in selecting resources, but are now commonly used for comparing and evaluating the scholarly work of faculty. It is important for faculty to recognize the shortcomings of using these metrics in their own scholarly pursuits and as evaluation tools in academic institutions.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Define the h-index and impact factor and differentiate between these two metrics
  • Discuss current trends in the use of impact factors and h-index in academic institutions
  • Recognize the limitations of scholarly metrics, particularly for evaluating faculty scholarly work
  • Locate scholarly metrics using Web of Science & Google Scholar

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.


July 20, 2012

Workshop

Topic: Writer's Right
Presenter: Nancy Bulgarelli, Associate Professor and Director of Oakland University of William Beaumont School of Medicine Library
Time: 11noon-12:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library

Description/Objectives for the FLC workshop:

The workshop will address the topics of authors’ rights within the context of scholarly communication and authors’ use and reuse of their own research products. Participants will learn to pay attention to the retention of their copyrights when signing publisher or copyright transfer agreements.
Following the workshop and discussion, participants will be able to:
  • Articulate the importance of retaining some copyrights to their published works
  • Evaluate copyright transfer agreements (CTA) to discern what rights are retained
  • Locate addenda templates for use in negotiating changes to the CTA

Please contact Misa Mi(248-370-3774) if you plan to attend the event.

July 13, 2012

Research Forum


Two faculty members across the OU campus have been invited to share and present their educational research projects at the Faculty Learning Community.
  • Building Connections: Investigating Transfer of Learning through Writing, Reflection and Disposition, presented by Dana Lynn Driscoll, PhD, Assistant Professor & CCCC Connected Community Editor, Department of Writing and Rhetoric.
  • Dolfinity: A New Model for Blended Learning, presented Kieran Mathieson, PhD, Director, Applied Technology in Business, School of Business Administration, Oakland University.
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #225B, Kresge Library
Lunch will be provided.

Please contact Misa Mi(248-370-3774) if you plan to attend the event.

May 25, 2012

Seminar
Topic: Writing Effective Multiple Choice Items
Presenter: Constance Shriner, PhD, Associate Dean, Office of Faculty Development and Curriculum Evaluation, University of Toledo College of Medicine (formerly Medical College of Ohio)
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Objectives for the FLC session:
Following this presentation and discussion, participants will be able to:
• Describe the recommended guidelines for writing multiple choice items
• Differentiate between true/false and one-best-answer formats for multiple choice items
• Develop multiple choice items that include patient vignette and require application of knowledge

Dr. Shriner is a life-long educator with a strong interest in evaluation and assessment who has been involved in various levels of education throughout her career. She received her PhD from the University of Toledo in 2001 in Foundations of Education with a focus on educational research and measurement. In her current position, she is responsible for the evaluation of the medical education curriculum as well as for developing and implementing faculty development initiatives. She recently participated as a member of the steering committee for the university’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation self-study and is currently serving as the self-study coordinator for the College of Medicine’s LCME self-study.

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Misa Mi.

May 4, 2012

Seminar
Topic: Teaching Online/Blended Learning
Presenter: William Solomonson, PhD, Oakland University School of Education and Human Services
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Description:

In this interactive session, Dr. Solomonson will discuss various aspects of teaching on-line courses, pedagogical decisions and challenges, and both personal and community best practices.
Specific tactics applicable to OU will be discussed, such as setting up and delivering synchronous learning events and custom quizzes in Moodle, the use of external software such as Camtasia, OpenSim, and Lectora, as well as designing courses for OU students.
Dr. Solomonson has taught on-line courses at Wayne State University and Oakland University, and currently teaches instructional design, e-learning, and training and development classes at Oakland University. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies for the design and development of on-line/blended learning solutions.

Questions? Please contact Misa Mi.

April 6, 2012

Research Forum
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
The Research Forum serves the purpose of providing participants with an opportunity to
  • Seek collaborators/partners for a teaching or education research project;

  • Explore possibilities and opportunities for conducting a research project in a multidisciplinary approach;

  • Solicit suggestions/input on one’s own teaching or education research project (new or existing);

  • Identify peer reviewers of one’s own project; 

  • Brainstorm for ideas about an individual or collaborative education research project to prepare an abstract submitted for the OUWB School of Medicine Education Week poster session;

  • Showcase one's own teaching or education research project;

  • Share a successful story/lesson about one’s own teaching; or

  • Get together to meet as a faculty learning community.

Lunch will be provided.
Please contact Misa Mi(248-370-3774) if you plan to attend the event.


March 23, 2012

Seminar
Topic: Learner Needs Assessment: Layers of Necessity
Presenter: Jill Stefaniak, MTD, CPLP
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Description:
Guided by Tessmer and Wedman’s layers of necessity model, this highly interactive session will explore how instructional design practitioners are analyzing their learning audiences and the implications that developing audience personas can have in developing learner-centric instruction. Session attendees will participate in a learner analysis that categorizes not only what are the learners, but who are the learners. Attendees will leave the session with a tool that they can use to conduct layered learner analyses.


March 9, 2012

Group Discussion
Topic: How Students Learn and Implications for Teaching
Facilitators: Jennifer Eastwood, PhD; Misa Mi, PhD, Oakland University School of Medicine
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Questions for group discussion:
  • What important questions do you ask yourself when you prepare to teach?
  • How do students learn?
  • How do you recognize and draw out students' existing knowledge?
  • How do you teach for understanding?
  • How do you help students develop metacognitive approaches?


Feb. 10, 2012

Group Discussion
Topic: Integrating Scholarly Teaching and Scholarship of Teaching
Facilitator: Misa Mi, PhD, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Time: 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Room #100, Kresge Library
Questions for discussion:
  • Discuss scholarly teaching and its difference from but relation to scholarship of teaching
  • Share examples of scholarly teaching and scholarship of teaching
  • Develop a plan for achieving an individual or group learning outcome in the learning community
  • Distribute a multidisciplinary book list for optional readings and information about “hot” topics as evidenced by AAMC CGEA conferences or Lilly Conference theme tracks
  • Demonstrate how to use and author the FLC Wiki website


Feb. 3, 2012

Opening Retreat for FLC
Topic: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Medicine and Health Care
Guest Speaker: Eileen S. Johnson, PhD, Department of Educational Leadership, School of Education and Human Services, Oakland University
Time: Feb. 3rd, 12noon-1:30PM
Location: 225B, Kresge Library

Please email medref@oakland.edu or mi@oakland.edu if there are any questions or suggestions. Thank you for visiting the FLC wiki website.