Friday, March 29, 2013

Reusable Learning Object (RLO)

The Informatics team at SPH has been actively supporting a new initiative, aimed at developing Reusable Learning Objects (RLO). Those self-contained instructional modules consist of three parts:
  1. Introduction
  2. Content (lecture)
  3. Assessment
RLO's are short (15-20 minutes) and based in specific APHA competencies that the students are expected to master. See this example.
As part of a broader initiative to nurture instructional innovation at SPH, we are currently helping a handful of SPH faculty develop these multimedia objects. While this initially means additional work, and imposition of certain instructional rigor, we believe that it will result in significant time savings in the future ("reusable" is the keyword here), as well as in more effective and focused teaching.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Qualtrics migration this summer

Since its introduction at SPH three years ago (or was it four?), the survey-making tool Qualtrics has proved quite popular at our School, with 289 user accounts in the SPH "brand" as of today. The license for this tools has been renewed every year, with some degree of uncertainty as to its future at UM, but it appears now that it is here to stay. Therefore, in an effort to fully integrate it into the UM "IT ecosystem", and make it even easier to use, we will be migrating this summer to a single sign-on. This means that you will no longer need a separate user name and password for Qualtrics, but will be able to use your UM uniqname and password to log in. This "migration" is expected to be really easy and painless for people with Qualtrics accounts. Details and instructions will be coming in May.