On Thursday, 13 August 2009 a team from U-M will present “Outcomes-Based Open Learning Tools at the University of Michigan Medical School” during the OpenEd 2009 Conference, taking place in Vancouver, BC. This outcomes-based approach to medical education ranges from clinical experiences by first-year students to lifelong learning portfolios. The model is to create a fluid ecosystem of dynamic and innovative tools integrated into and coordinated by Sakai using IMS Learning Tools Interoperability. The underlying principle of the program is self-regulated, outcomes-based learning where students manage their own plan-learn-assess-adjust cycles with help and guidance from faculty mentors. The students are tracked against competencies and learning objectives throughout their education. Placing this in the context of open education, the system allows users to view, comment, and interact with learning objects outside of traditional LMS constructs. This reinforces open education concepts by utilizing links to the shared, open learning object, instead of importing copies of learning objects into an LMS.
Members of the OERca technical team also had a session on 12 August as part of OpenEd’s “Unconference” track. The “OERca – How I learned to stop worrying and create OER” session provided a walk-through of OERca and demonstrated its use a publishing bridge for educational resources that helps content creators manage the process of transitioning content to an open publishing platform.
The “Outcomes-Based Learning Tools” presentation takes place at 10:15am PDT (1:15 pm EDT). For more information, and links to the live stream, go to http://openedconference.org/archives/472