The Office of Educational Informatics (OEI) is responsible for the development and management of eMED - Einstein's new learning management system that features automatic calendar / course content syncing to mobile devices. The OEI works with faculty and students to integrate technology into the curriculum to advance "active learning” as well as to develop new pedagogical approaches that enhance the linkage of formal knowledge with experiential knowledge. Our virtual learning environment is driven by faculty and student ideas.
Examples of strategic initiatives that are underway include:
- Academic collaboration with Tufts University on the implementation and development of their learning management system platform called TUSK (eMED for Einstein users). This is an open source platform, which has global installations.
- Academic collaboration with the University of Florida on the implementation and development of virtual patients / avatars. We also use MedU to further support student learning thru virtual case studies.
- Academic collaboration with Panopto lecture capture system for integration with our discussion boards, and group workspaces.
- Other strategic initiatives on our roadmap include the development of collaboration platforms to support virtual teams, Apple “app” development, and telemedicine.
Paperless & e-Curriculum Computer Requirements
In a desire to help students get ready for medicine in the electronic age, the Office of Medical Education and the Office of Educational Informatics of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have prepared this primer on a paperless / e-curriculum and the use of computers in medical school.
The Office of Medical Education is joining the rest of the College's efforts in going green by replacing the traditional paper syllabi with electronic versions, available online. Among the benefits of having a paperless curriculum are:
- Being environmentally conscious;
- Entirely portable course learning management system (eMED, the Einstein Medical Education Database);
- Synching of eMED course calendars with mobile devices to access course lectures, audio files, or participate in discussion boards;
- Development of electronic folders and flash cards containing your personal notes;
- Retrieve lectures to facilitate reviewing for course exams, Step 1 and Step 2 board exams;
- Electronic note-taking in class prepares you for patient visits and working with EMR (electronic medical records).
To ease the transition to a paperless curriculum, we offer recommendations on how to take notes. Recognizing that students come to medical school having developed certain learning styles, a student focus group suggested that we provide information about the resources available to help you determine how best to adapt your learning style to the fast-paced nature of medical school.