The Educational Technology team supervises and advises courses and teachers of the UMC Utrecht in the development and provision of technology enhanced learning (TEL) approaches (modern digital education) based on blended-learning concepts. Our expertise and experience focus on educational ICT consultancy, faculty development in the field of ICT, Blackboard e-learning environment and e-assessment (TestVision). The recording of lectures (e-lectures), e-assessment (TestVision) and the development of e-learning modules are currently offered through the Education-ICT project Unlimited Learning.
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT IN TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LEARNING
To draw more attention to ICT applications in education and to make the use of ICT applications more accessible, Educational Technology offers the Digital Didactics teacher training (in Dutch only). This training is regularly updated to reflect the latest developments.
Educational Technology also provides one-on-one instruction for Specific tools, such as Blackboard, the ‘medischonderwijs.nl’ portal, the postgraduate trainee doctor introduction e-module or any other of the many e-modules that have been developed.
THE USE OF A VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Two Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are available in the UMC Utrecht to access educational material. Blackboard is used by the academic courses and the UMC Utrecht Academy. The Integrated Learning, Information and Cooperation System (ILIAS) is used by employees throughout the UMC Utrecht.
The Educational Technology team advises on what Blackboard has to offer, such as the use of quizzes and self-tests, discussion forums, wikis, and working with groups. The learning environments are crucial for organizing courses and providing electronic course materials.
Electronic tests within the UMC Utrecht are compiled and taken within the Blackboard virtual learning environment as well as using the TestVision Online® test service system. Blackboard is more suitable for formative (interim) tests, while TestVision is more suitable for summative (final) tests.
E-MODULES AND E-SIMULATIONS
The Educational Technology team develops both e-modules and e-simulations. E-modules are electronic modules which present course material, alternating text, photos, videos, illustrations and sometimes test questions. E-modules enable students to acquire knowledge on their own, for example in preparation for a workgroup or skills training. E-modules can also be used as books of reference.
E-simulations imitate situations electronically. E-simulations allow students to continue rehearsing safely until they are ready to put their knowledge and acquired skills into practice.
For developing e-modules and e-simulations please go to Unlimited Learning (in Dutch only)
DEVELOPMENT OF TEL APPLICATIONS
The application developers at Educational Technology are engaged in developing TEL applications that can be deployed in the organization and education-related operations. They are often database-driven web applications, among which e-learning applications. Examples of developed products are:
- Medical Career Advice application (Inventaris Medische Beroepskeuze/IMBK): the web-based IMBK application was developed as a tool for choosing a medical profession. The information on specialties on which this application is based is taken from the Medical Profile Book of the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG).
Multisource feedback (MSF) is an application that has been developed for 360-degree feedback in residency training.
PLAGIARISM CHECK WITH EPHORUS
Ephorus supports checking written texts for plagiarism. Teachers can run documents (e.g. reports, literature studies or theses) through Ephorus. After checking for plagiarism, Ephorus produces a report of identified similarities with other documents elsewhere on the Internet. The teachers must judge for themselves whether plagiarism applies or whether the similarities concern citations that have been credited.
Documents can be submitted to Ephorus by:
- Students via Blackboard
As regards the latter option, students can post a submission form in Blackboard upon which a teacher can request a submission code via Ephorus.
Innovation in educational technology is a spearhead of the Center for Research and Development of Education at UMC Utrecht. Organizations such as the National SURF Foundation and the Center for Education and Learning at Utrecht University regularly collaborate in projects.
Several educational technology projects have been Utrecht University funded EMP (Educational Resources Pool) projects. These projects offer many opportunities to learn about new developments in educational technology.
UNLIMITED LEARNING FUNDING
Many of educational technology activities within the Center for Research and Development of Education in the period 2010 - 2015 have been carried out with UMC Utrecht funding through the EducationICT program Unlimited Learning.