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A New Global Environment for Learning (ANGEL): A Constructivist Approach to Managing a Medical School Curriculum. Stephen B. Leapman, MD Paula S. Smith, Ed.D. Dianne W. Wyman, MS, Ed. Indiana University School of Medicine Office of Medical Education Indiana, USA. Questions.

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A New Global Environment for Learning (ANGEL): A Constructivist Approach to Managing a Medical School Curriculum

Stephen B. Leapman, MD

Paula S. Smith, Ed.D.

Dianne W. Wyman, MS, Ed.

Indiana University School of Medicine

Office of Medical Education

Indiana, USA

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questions
Questions
  • What is the constructivist model?
  • How does a constructivist model help facilitate learning?
  • What challenges are commonly seen in trying to implement a school-wide curriculum approach?
  • What is ANGEL?
  • How does the constructivist approach, coupled with the curriculum management tool, ANGEL, help support the organization of curriculum across disciplines?

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what is the constructivist model
What is the Constructivist Model?

“An approach to teaching and learning based on the premise that cognition (learning) is the result of mental construction in an environment designed to support that learning.”

  • North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (2001).
  • http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/envrnmnt/drugfree/sa3const.htm

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conventions of the constructivist model
Conventions of the Constructivist Model
  • Embed all learning activities in a global event;
  • Provide multiple entry levels;
  • Create a legitimate task;
  • Plan the task to reflect the complexity of the environment;
  • Sustain and challenge the learner’s thinking;
  • Support the evaluation of ideas;
  • Provide time for reflection
  • Jones, D. (2000). Cabrillo College, Aptos, California. Adapted from Barbara Seels (1989). The instructional design movement in educational technology. Educational Technology, 29 (5), pp. 11-15. http://www.cwu.edu/~ceps/constdef.htm

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how does a constructivist model help facilitate learning
How Does a Constructivist Model Help Facilitate Learning?
  • It allows you to understand the needs of your faculty and students.
  • It allows you to assist them in defining those needs so they may develop attainable goals for teaching and learning.

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It allows one lead person to coordinate the activities of all faculty toward a common goal.
  • It helps coordinate the construction of material in a sound pedagogy.
  • It allows for the evaluation of methodologies in both a formative and summative manner to facilitate future improvements in curriculum.

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challenges to school wide curriculum management
Challenges to School-Wide Curriculum Management
  • Lack of a global approach
  • Lack of curriculum coordination
  • Lack of knowledge sharing
  • Lack of curriculum development expertise
  • Lack of resources
  • Lack of effective web-based tools
  • Complexity of design
  • Extreme learning curve
  • Lack of support

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what is angel
What is ANGEL?
  • A web-based curriculum management system that:
    • Provides a personal and customizable portal for each user.
    • All classes/groups the user is registered in are represented on the portal.
    • One stop.
    • One password.

Total access.

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THE ENTRANCE SCREEN
  • Enter ANGEL at URL: http://daly.medicine.iu.edu/med
    • Note:No www
  • You may use either Netscape or Internet Explorer as a browser
    • Internet Explorer is recommended

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THE ANGEL PORTAL
  • Each user has his/her own portal or homepage in ANGEL
  • The portal opens with the My Profile page
  • This page contains three divisions
    • My Courses: A listing of the courses in which the user is currently registered
    • My Groups: A listing of the groups in which the user is a member or which he/she has initiated.
    • My Toolbox: The personal tools available to the user.

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MY COURSES / MY GROUPS
  • When you select a course, you are automatically directed to the course syllabus.
    • The course syllabus is placed in a pedagogically sound template for consistency across all courses.
  • When you select a group, you are automatically directed to the group description.
    • Each group description is unique to the use and design of the group.

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COURSE & GROUP CONTENT
  • ALL Course Content areas begin with a general organization under the constructivist model by using a folder called General Course/Group Information.
  • All other content organization is set up according to the needs of the faculty.

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TYPES OF CONTENT
  • Folders
  • Pages
  • Links to websites, courses, e-mail
  • Exams & Quizzes - may link images
  • Forms - online surveys and questionnaires
  • Files
  • Message Boards
  • Drop boxes

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UPLOADING FILES
  • Most users upload standard MS Office type files for access by the user group – Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • This function works just like your computer.
  • Click on Browse.
  • Select your file from the list.
  • Give your file a Title. Click OK.

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IN TOUCH
  • Create Chat rooms.
  • Add links.
  • Read course mail.
  • Send course mail.
  • Manage Team Files (you may divide your users into teams and direct specific files to a specific subgroup).

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TOOLS

    • Upload grades for distribution to individual portals
    • Access the learner profiles and students’ grades.
    • Access ungraded items.
    • Check when and how often users have logged on.
    • Check activity of forums and mail.
    • Batch load large groups of users.
    • Export your course, or elements, to a disk for storage.

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How does the constructivist approach plus ANGEL help support the organization of curriculum across disciplines?

Model +

Support + Simplicity = Adoption

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Adoption +

Continued Support +

Formative Change =

High User Satisfaction

and

Enhanced Implementation

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for information abstract data
For Information & Abstract Data:

Dianne Wiemers Wyman, MS, Ed.

Curriculum Development Specialist

Office for Medical Education

Indiana University School of Medicine

635 Barnhill, MS 162

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

(317) 278-7220

[email protected]

David Mills

Cyber Learning Labs

PO Box 78435

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

(317) 860-3810

[email protected]

http://www.cyberlearninglabs.com

For Information on ANGEL:

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