The Health Sciences Education Technology Unit has been busy working on a few new features that we are excited to bring to your attention on the Undergraduate Medicine Blog. These new features will be available in MEdTech Central as of October 1st at around 7:30AM after the upgrade takes place.
1. Adding Resources to Learning Events
Admin > Manage Events > Event Content
We have completely redesigned the way that resources (i.e. files, links, and quizzes) are added to Learning Events and displayed to learners in Student View. This new view utilizes much of the information we have been collecting for years during the upload process, like “Should this resource be considered optional or required?” and “When should this resource be used by the learner?” then displays it to learners in a clear and user friendly timeline on the Learning Event page.
It is important that when faculty members are uploading content to Learning Events that they take these classifications into account because this information can be extremely useful to learners as they prepare for class. It clearly shows them what they need to do to prepare for class, and what resources are required versus what is informational only.
In the future these classifications will also be used to provide learners with very useful checklists on their Dashboard, identifying all of the activities they needed to complete before classes for the week.
2. Curriculum Explorer Updates
Curriculum > Curriculum Explorer
We have done some really nice enhancements to the Curriculum Explorer which is now able to show not only where objectives (at any level) are mapped to Courses, and Learning Events, but also Gradebook Assessments. Faculty members and staff can use this tool to really explore the curriculum in MEdTech Central at all levels.
3. New Curriculum Matrix
Curriculum > Curriculum Matrix
You may already be familiar with the “Competencies by Course” report (referred to as Curriculum Matrix in the Curriculum tab). This frequently used report dynamically showed where the Queen’s Red Book Competencies were linked to Courses in MEdTech Central. We had a requirement come in to produce the same style of report for MCC Presentations, and that request was the catalyst for the creation of the new Curriculum Matrix tool. This new tool (accessible from the Curriculum tab) will allow the user to select any level of any objective set (Queen’s Red Book Objectives, MCC Presentations, etc) and see where exactly that objective, or objectives beneath it, are mapped in the curriculum.
4. Uploading Images or Documents, and Embedding Video
One of the most frequently requested features by faculty has been the ability to easily upload images or documents, and embed video into rich text areas throughout MEdTech Central. With this release we are pleased to announce that you can now do this within any of the rich text areas. To upload images or documents you wish to share click the “Browse Server” button from within the “Image” or “Link” icons. This will open your personal “My Files” storage area where you can upload images or documents from your local computer. Once you upload the image or document, clicking it will embed the image or document directly in the rich text area. You can also embed video from the Queen’s Streaming Server, YouTube, or Vimeo into any rich text area by clicking the “Embed Media” icon, and pasting in the “Embed Code”.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a training session for MEdTech Central, please contact the Education Technology Unit at 613-533-6000 x74294.
Manager, Education Technology
Faculty of Health Sciences,
Abramsky Hall, Room 206
Canada, K7L 3N6