Strategies for Selecting A Learning Management System

Presented by Sarah Kim, & Katherine Wigan on March 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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.

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Presenter Bios

Sara KimDr. Sara Kim is the Director of Instructional Design and Technology Unit (IDTU) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She received her PhD in educational technology from University of Washington where she served as a faculty member in the medical school between 2000 and 2010. Between 2000 and 2006, she was the medical educator faculty in the Department of Family Medicine. From 2006 to 2010, she served as an education specialist at the Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Studies at the University of Washington Medical Center as well as a medical educator in the Departments of OB/GYN, Surgery, and Pediatric Dentistry. At UCLA, her role involves overseeing educational technology support and research in the medical student curriculum that includes the development and management of a learning management system, online interactive clinical reasoning tools, and educational database systems. Dr. Kim has numerous publications in the application and research of instructional technology in medical education. These publications have appeared in prominent journals including Academic Medicine, Medical Education, and Teaching and Learning in Medicine. She is also an active presenter at the Society of Simulation in Healthcare and AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Research in Medical Education.


Katherine WiganKatherine Wigan is a Senior Computer Programmer at Instructional Design and Technology Unit (IDTU). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Information and Computer Science in 2000 and her Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2009 from the University of California, Irvine. She joined IDTU as a full time Programmer in 2000. Her primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining an enterprise-wide patient log system as well as creating innovative and engaging educational tools. She also serves as a Project Manager to the current Learning Management System (LMS) review process and is responsible for developing a cost-benefit analysis on the LMS options.