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Updates in IUSM Undergraduate Medical Education

July Learning Technology Newsbits

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on July 2, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

This blog post covers a few new things in the world of learning technology for the IU School of Medicine. Contact me with any questions you have about these items. I can be reached at or (317) 278-1506.



First of all, I want to take a moment to introduce you all to Rachel Mahan, who is new to IUSM. Rachel will be working as the Assessment Technology Coordinator for UME. In this role, she will manage aspects of ExamSoft exams and NBME exams. Please feel free to contact Rachel with your exam questions. Here is her contact info:

Rachel Mahan
Assessment Technology Coordinator for UME
(317) 274-8303



Another item that might be of interest to some is a pilot for a video management tool that IU is conducting this fall. There are actually two video pilots occurring together, but only one that can be used in Oncourse. The other is only available in Canvas. The video management tool for use in Oncourse sites is called Kaltura. Some pieces of the Kaltura integration are being finalized but things should be set by the time fall courses begin. The benefit to using a video management tool is that you can upload videos easily and students can access them easily and quickly. You can also allow students to upload video for projects or supplemental resources. Some online storage systems are simply not optimized for delivering video, but Kaltura is, and it takes the Oncourse quota out of the picture. If you would like to participate in the pilot or if you’d just like to learn more, contact me, or see this Next.IU page:


Oncourse / Canvas

Lastly, I need to update you on the status of the 2014-2015 MS1 and MS2 IUSM Oncourse sites. We are gathering all of the information needed to get the course sites created. I anticipate we should have that information by the end of this week. Note that all MS1 and MS2 course sites will be created in Oncourse, but if you are interested in teaching your course in Canvas, please let me know. Electives sites are created in Oncourse on an as-needed basis by sending me a request. If you’d prefer to teach your elective course in Canvas, be sure to include that information in your course site request to me.


Grade Scale Proposal starting Academic Year 2015-2016

Filed under: Assessment Matters,Curriculum Matters — Mark Seifert on June 25, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

An email was distributed earlier this month from the CCSC requesting input and comment from faculty and medical students concerning a proposed change to the IUSM grading system. This proposal arose from an ad hoc Grade Scale Subcommittee (GSS) that identified and reviewed relevant literature on the effects of various grading systems in both preclinical and clinical years of the curriculum. The window of opportunity for receipt of your comments is quickly closing (Friday, June 27th). I hope you have taken or will take the opportunity to register your thoughts on this important matter. We need to hear from you!

The instructions below provide you a step-by-step guide for accessing resources and submitting comments in Oncourse. Once in the Feedback and Resources page you will find the proposal, articles the GSS reviewed, and their report. A link is provided for submitting your comments. Please take the time to enter your views.

To provide your feedback on the proposal, follow the steps below.


Call for Nominations for Course Leadership Roles

Filed under: Curriculum Matters — Sara Grethlein on June 18, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

The following is the text from an email by Sara Jo Grethlein, MD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

Dear Colleagues

As you are doubtless aware, the Indiana University School of Medicine is launching our curriculum reform with academic year 2015-16. We are seeking dynamic educators to lead our newly designed courses and help to propel IUSM to the forefront of educational innovation. We seek nominations (including self nominations) from faculty at all 9 campuses.

For the last four years, hundreds of faculty working with countless other contributors over thousands of  hours have toiled to create our new curriculum. This work has led to revision of our Institutional Learning Objectives, then definition of our Course Level Objectives for our 16 new courses and finally to the sketching of course schedules and learning objectives for each session. The Course Development Teams have finalized their creative efforts.

We are now striving to identify two sets of leaders to move our courses from theory to reality. The attached documents define the roles and expectations of Statewide Course Director and Course Site Leader, as well as, the process that will be used to select and confirm individuals to fill these roles.

Applications with supporting materials need to be submitted on our special CANVAS site. The deadline for application is 9 am on July 7, 2014

To access the site, click this URL:

Click the ‘Enroll in Course’ button and then click the ‘Go to the Course’ button. Once in the site, read the content on the home page and follow the steps for submitting your application.

If you have questions about the process, expectations or new curriculum please feel free to contact me, Dr. Mark Seifert (about Phase 1 courses) or Dr. Butch Humbert (about Phase 2 courses).


Sara Jo

Sara Jo Grethlein, MD
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
Suite 417, 1110 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, In 46202


Documents referenced in article

Courses and Goals

IUSM Course Leadership Selection

Curriculum Reform: Building the Home for Learning (presentation slides)


Oncourse to Canvas Transition

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on May 29, 2014 @ 12:12 pm


Indiana University has selected Canvas by Instructure as the successor to Oncourse. What this means for the IU School of Medicine is described in this article. Here you will learn the implementation plan and find resources to help you get started using Canvas.

Implementation Plan

All four years of medical school will continue to use Oncourse for the 2014-2015 academic year. Canvas will be used for the 2015-2016 Clerkships. In the Fall of 2015, first year courses will use Canvas while second year courses will remain in Oncourse. By the Fall of 2016, all medical education courses will be in Canvas. (more…)

Competency Transition

Filed under: Curricular Currents — Butch Humbert on May 20, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

In 1999, the Indiana University School of Medicine was one of the first medical schools to launch a competency-based curriculum based on 9 domains of competency: Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Basic Clinical Skills; Using Science to Guide Diagnosis, Management, Therapeutics, and Prevention; Life Long Learning; Self Awareness, Self Care and Personal Growth; Social and Community Context of Healthcare; Moral Reasoning and Ethical Judgment; Problem Solving; and Professionalism and Role Recognition.  This spurred many valuable contributions to our curriculum in the 15 years since the incorporating these 9 competency domains.

Since that time, medical education at large has (more…)

New System for Student Evaluations

Filed under: Evaluation Matters — Tony Ribera on May 13, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

The following is a copy of an email that was distributed on April 28.


Date:   April 28, 2014

To:       All Curriculum Council Committees

From:   Tony Ribera, PhD, Director of Program Evaluation for UME

Sara Jo Grethlein, MD, Associate Dean for UME

Re:       New System for Student Evaluations


New Grade Policy to Take Effect Academic Year 2014-2015

Filed under: Policy Points — Mark Seifert on May 7, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

We want to let faculty know about some recent changes to our School’s grade policy in light of new programs planned for our incoming class of medical students this fall and in anticipation of implementation of the first phase of the new curriculum in fall 2015. It is our hope and expectation that these changes will simplify the grading process while still providing students and faculty with the tools to identify competence and areas for improvement.

  • First, the Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC) approved (December 2012) the realignment and adaptation of our previous nine competencies into the six ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) competencies (more…)

Distilling Your Message: Communicating Scientific Research to All

Filed under: Research Matters — Lorie Shuck on April 29, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

The following is an event sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development


Morning Plenary: Distilling Your Message

Friday, May 02, 8:00 – 9:30 AM | Emerson Hall Auditorium, Room 304

Award-winning actor Alan Alda once said, ‘Communication is not something you add on to science, it is the essence of science.’

In this interactive lecture, faculty members from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University will provide the tools necessary to (more…)

Promoting Data Quality of Student Evaluations

Filed under: Evaluation Matters — Tony Ribera on April 24, 2014 @ 11:51 am

In UME, we often discuss not only how to improve the quantity of responses we receive on student evaluations but also how to improve the quality of the responses students provide. In examining data quality, we have recently begun exploring satisficing in the student evaluation process. When one engages in satisficing while completing a survey, evaluation, etc., they are simply using enough energy to produce a suitable response rather than the best possible response (Kaminska, McCutcheon, & Billiet, 2010; Krosnick, Narayan, & Smith, 1996). Straight-lining items can be an example of strong satisficing with respondents failing to put much thought in their responses and simply selecting the same response for an item set (Cole, McCormick, & Gonyea). Various factors can contribute to a respondent engaging in satisficing while completing student evaluations of courses and instructors such as (more…)

It’s a virtual world when it comes to microscopy

Filed under: Technology Matters — guestblogger on April 8, 2014 @ 10:10 am

The following is a guest post by Mark Braun, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pathology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Virtual microscopy (VM) is changing the educational landscape for teaching histology, pathology and neurosciences. Just imagine an entire microscopic slide scanned for viewing with a computer. Consider the advantages as compared to an optical microscope; instantaneous and remote access, use during meeting presentations, multi-viewer access, screen capture of salient elements, distance education. You don’t have to tax your imagination; VM is here now and will be available state-wide at Indiana University School of Medicine in the not too distant future.

First, let’s clear the air as to what VM is, and is not. There is a common misconception that VM is (more…)

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