Sponsored by UIT Academic Technology and the Office of Educational Affairs at the Tufts Medical School, the Health Sciences Mini-Symposium is held each spring on the Boston campus. The symposium combines theory and practice focusing on strategic academic issues identified by faculty and administrators on the Boston campus and offers hands on technology workshops.

The 2010 Health Sciences Mini-Symposium program focused on promoting active learning through technology. The goals of the program were to:

  1. Define effective teaching strategies that are used in combination with technology to promote active learning.
  2. Identify web-based tools available at Tufts that can be used to promote active learning.

Program Presentations and Supplemental Resources

Faculty Presentations: Active Learning Strategies for Large Classes

Using Images and Overlays to Engage a Large Class through TUSK
Thomas Linsenmayer, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Using iClickers to Help Realize a Dialogic Educational Philosophy in a Large Class
Sara C. Folta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Linking Class and Clinic with an Interactive
Janet Cowan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts Medical Center

Presentation Slides (PDF)
Web-Based Case Handout (PDF)

Teaching in a Large Virtual Classroom Using Large-Scale Interaction Strategies 
Paul Giguere, Ed.D., Director of Distance Learning, Assistant Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Workshop #1A: Using TUSK to Promote Active Learning

Susan Albright, Director of Educational Technologies, Tufts University School of Medicine
Mark Bailey, M.S., Manager of Support Services, Technology for Learning in the Health Sciences, Tufts University School of Medicine
Maria Alejandra Blanco, Ed.D., Assistant Dean for Faculty Development Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine Peter Brodeur, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, Tufts University School of Medicine

This interactive workshop identified TUSK tools for e-teaching and ways to transform a course to promote active learning. TUSK tools were presented together with an example of the transformation of a traditional lecture into an e-teaching effort.

Related Resources
TUSK Handout
TUSM Faculty Development Course on TUSK

Workshop #1B: Developing Active Learning Strategies

Sheryl Barnes, Ed.M., Senior Educational Technologist, UIT
Hannah Reeves, Ed.M., Instructional Design and Technology Specialist, UIT Location: Sackler 220

Active learning derives from two basic assumptions:

1) Learning is by nature an active endeavor and
2) Different people learn in different ways (Meyers and Jones, 1993).

This session focused on differences in learning styles and ways of developing active learning strategies to address them.

Related Resources
Strategies for Active Learning

Workshop #2:Using Technology to Engage Students in Active Learning

Sheryl Barnes, Ed.M., Senior Educational Technologist, UIT
Hannah Reeves, Ed.M., Instructional Design and Technology Specialist

This session focused on best practices for using technology to engage students in active learning.

Related Resources
Technologies for Active Learning
Planning Resources – Only Hannah & Sheryl can see this page.

2013 Symposium Materials

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