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ERIC Number: EJ788997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-14
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Medical-School Curriculum Goes Interactive, Online, ... and Hip-Hop
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n27 pA13 Mar 2008
This article reports that Canadian medical students, inspired by an online community and an obscure heart condition, have ditched their books and transformed their class notes into a pulsating, hip-hop music video. "Diagnosis Wenckebach"--the name comes from a type of abnormal heart rhythm--was created as just one of many innovative study tools by medical students at the University of Alberta, with the help of Homer, a recently unveiled online learning system. Homer is meant to conjure up images of the Greek poet as students set forth on "an epic journey of lifelong learning." Once students log in, they can link to their schedules, class notes, slides, online libraries, learning games, and journal articles with a single password, and also access their e-mail, Facebook, and other networking tools. What sets Homer apart from other online learning systems, like Blackboard, is that it gives students the chance to contribute their own quizzes, questions, and study tips. The system is a leading example of a new emphasis at medical schools, like those at Stanford and Wake Forest Universities, on interactive online learning and collaboration in a field that has historically been dominated by lectures and top-down instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada