A learning management system is a critical infrastructure for delivering a curriculum and its associated learning activities to trainees, such as discussion forums to support problem-based learning, interactive teaching materials, online testing, and eportfolios. The current learning management system market is extremely fluid with a series of merges among commercial systems (e.g. Blackboard purchases of WebCT and ANGEL), increasing market shares of mainstream open-source systems (e.g., Moodle, Sakai), and untested market strengths of emerging open-source systems (e.g. Canvas, Entrada). This Webinar session is organized to share the recent experiences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in reviewing 8 learning management systems.
The Webinar will cover the following topics:
(1) Needs assessment involving medical students, faculty, staff and peer medical schools;
(2) Developing and obtaining a buy-in from the medical school leadership on a strategic plan that specified the goal of the review process, timeline, and decision-making steps;
(3) Recruiting Advisory Committee members
(4) Identifying priority learning management features and functions that are critical to the school’s educational mission;
(5) Arranging demos of commercial, open source and a hybrid solution of commercial/open-source approaches;
(6) Recommendation of top 3 systems to the leadership and follow-up actions
We will also discuss multiple tools we developed during the review process including 5-year cost analyses involved in adopting and implementing top 3 learning management systems. Lastly, we will share selected best examples from peer institutions as a way to suggest the future direction and roles of learning management systems in medical education.