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January 2019: Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning, or SDL, is defined by the following components (LCME Standard 6.3):

  • Self-assess own learning needs
  • Identify, analyze, and synthesize relevant information independently
  • Appraise credibility of information
  • Share information with peers and supervisors
  • Receive feedback on their information-seeking skills
December 2018: Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Interprofessional Education (IPE) prepares MCW students to function professionally in the team environment, with emphasis on the following competencies: 

Values and Ethics
Teams and Teamwork
Roles and Responsibilities 

The goal of interprofessional programming is to foster a respect and appreciation for all future members of the healthcare team. IPE is founded on the principle that learning about, from, and with other professionals throughout one’s education contributes to an ability to operate more sufficiently on a healthcare team.

If you are interested in Interprofessional Education, OEI has an Interprofessional Education Coordinator to help! The IPE Coordinator collaborates with faculty to design and implement programming aligned with the goals of IPE. The coordinator will provide support through all stages of program development, including recruitment and communication with partner programs and students, and is an excellent resource to ensure that integrating IPE into your courses does not become overwhelming.
October 2018: Instructional Design

Instructional design is the strategic process of creating and improving instructional experiences. Using learning theory and educational research, instructional designers try to analyze learning needs within all MCW schools and set out to ensure that the needs can be both met and assessed. We are goal-driven and care about the responsibilities of the faculty and needs of all learners here.

Instructional design services can often be the conduit or bridge between faculty ideas and implementation. If an educator has an idea, whether it’s abstract, or a slight improvement, or maybe just the start of a concept, we pride ourselves on being able to hear them out and help them establish definable outcomes. We work closely with teams like educational technology, the library, faculty development, and the exam team to ensure that we’re aware of all possibilities that may be useful for the educational mission at MCW. While we’re often behind the scenes, we will meet with educators and students anywhere to ensure that projects meet deadlines and have an extra layer of quality assurance.

Knowledge Now Session Videos

Engaging Your Learners: How to Encourage Student Interest and Active Participation in Your Classroom