Saturday, 11 March 2017

Learning analytics in medical education

Goh, P.S. Learning Analytics in Medical Education. MedEdPublish. 2017 Apr; 6(2), Paper No:5. Epub 2017 Apr 4. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.15694/MEP.2017.000067

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During an interest group meeting (SoTL Asia - SIG 10) organised by CDTL, NUS; at 2pm on Tuesday, March 15th; I had the opportunity to bring up-share some ideas-point of views with Henk Huijser; and other members of the SoTL interest group (below).
-the benefits of a faculty member teaching and training exclusively using "off the shelf", free to use, online platforms and tools like Blogger + Padlet +/- Survey Monkey; augmented with Instagram + WhatsApp; with embedded analytics, and functionality to capture audience engagement, contributions, and development of - deepening insights and reflections on topic
-necessity to openly share content and the "teaching process" with peers (local, regional and internationally), as well as with institutional stakeholders (including leadership, legal and intellectual property sections) - and the necessity to be mindful of, and practice digital professionalism (see point 7 in How to Start section of linked slide)
-that using such tools and platforms frees staff from the rigidity and inflexibility of many institutional platforms, while still allowing staff to participate in institutional eLearning initiatives, by hyperlinking their teaching blogs for example on the institutional LMS
-that there are similarities between staff acceptance of online metrics for journals and other scholarly products, and use of web and data analytics for student engagement and outcomes of online and blended teaching and training activities
Learning Analytics in Higher Education - A review of UK and international practice (Full report)
Learning analytics and student success –assessing the evidence

Use of learning analytics (as described, and declared) in the (JISC) reports is in its early stages. We can and should go further. Similar to indicators we use in traditional, and "live" teaching.

Consider the following proposal(s)

Goh, P.S. A proposal for a grading and ranking method as the first step toward developing a scoring system to measure the value and impact of viewership of online material in medical education - going beyond “clicks” and views toward learning. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:62. Epub 2016 Dec 9.

Goh, P.S. The value and impact of eLearning or Technology enhanced learning from one perspective of a Digital Scholar. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:31. Epub 2016 Oct 18.

Goh, P.S., Sandars, J. Insights from the culinary arts for medical educators. MedEdPublish. 2017 Jan; 6(1), Paper No:10. Epub 2017 Jan 18.

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weekend Analytics and Data deep dive (above)

Mixed-Methods Research (Tomorrow's Professor blog posting 1554)


see also section below (from

Potential MedEd Research

Is there any interest in doing a Clarification study on this topic? (to take up the Cook-Bordage-Schmidt research challenge).

Research challenges in digital education
Geoff Norman
Perspect Med Educ. 2014 Sep; 3(4): 260–265.
Published online 2014 Aug 21. doi:  10.1007/s40037-014-0139-7

Description, justification and clarification: a framework for classifying the purposes of research in medical education.
Cook DA, Bordage G, Schmidt HG.
Med Educ. 2008 Feb;42(2):128-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2007.02974.x. Epub 2008 Jan 8.

Data informed online teaching
How can data analytics inform our teaching practice - a case study using Web 2.0 technologies as the primary online teaching / engagement tool and platform
What (free/and add on) data analytics bundled with Web 2.0 platforms can inform us as educators about student engagement, use of online content and learning when online teaching is delivered via Web 2.0 tech
Poh Sun Goh ... and .......

When is TeL or eL used? Where to use?
Views - volume, timing (quantitative)
Reviews - qualitative and quantitative
Preference over other competing content

Access, convenience
Useful, Fit for purpose
Easy to use, intuitive
Simple to use
Recommended by others

How is it used?
Before, during or after class
Before examination/assessment
To look up something, on demand reference/learning, performance support

With whom?
By whom?

What to use? For what purpose? Instructional objective?
Illustrate theory
Mastery training

Traditional, TeL or blended approaches?
When to use?
How to use?
When to blend?
How to blend?

Where is the value/what is the value; and impact of TeL?
What is the evidence of this?
Actual use - how, when, where, with whom, why
Evaluation of integration and use of Knowledge and Skills learnt, and creation of new knowledge, insights and applications/skills

Goh, P.S. The value and impact of eLearning or Technology enhanced learning from one perspective of a Digital Scholar. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:31. Epub 2016 Oct 18.

"Time on task

It takes time to learn anything worthwhile. To accumulate knowledge and skills. To integrate this new learning, and be able to, and be confident applying this in the workplace, and real life settings.

This is the difference between undertaking a program of training, and formal courses, compared with short symposia and workshops, or an isolated lecture. Formal training programs gives students time, space, and a place to learn. On a regular basis. This promotes a cumulative increase in learning. Combining theoretical learning with practical case studies integrates basic principles with practice points, and promotes transfer of learning from the classroom to the real world. Online learning programs should include elements from traditional classroom practices which facilitate learning. This includes scheduled time to review the learning material, to work on applying what is learnt by working on assessments and assignments, individually and by learning collaboratively with peers; as well as provide opportunities for timely feedback from instructors."

above from
Goh, P.S. A series of reflections on eLearning, traditional and blended learning. MedEdPublish. 2016 Oct; 5(3), Paper No:19. Epub 2016 Oct 14.

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