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Oncourse to Canvas Transition, Revised Plan

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on September 19, 2014 @ 10:52 am

Oncourse to Canvas Transition, Revised Plan

As you are likely aware, Indiana University has selected Canvas as the new Learning Management System (LMS) to replace Oncourse. In May of this year we announced a phased-in approach to transitioning IUSM courses from Oncourse to Canvas. The recent news about the timing change for the new curriculum has caused us to rethink our transition timeline. Since our current second year courses will continue to be offered until at least 2017, they will need to transition to Canvas as Oncourse will no longer be available after 2016. To that end, we are including the second year courses into our transition plan, with the goal of all courses transitioning in 2015-16.

To help with the transition, the Learning Technology team in Undergraduate Medical Education will begin scheduling webinars. In addition, we can come to your campus for in-person Canvas workshops. Contact Lorie Shuck (317-278-1506) if you are interested in a workshop on your campus.

IU also has provided many opportunities to learn Canvas. This link will show you all of the Canvas articles on the IU Knowledge Base, and this one will take you to other Canvas resources.



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Sink or Swim: How Not to Approach Self-Directed Learning

Filed under: Assessment Matters — Melissa Alexander on September 10, 2014 @ 5:04 pm


Imagine a non-swimmer signing up for swimming lessons and being plunged into a deep pool without instructions on how to swim. Anyone capable of rational thought at that moment might be thinking it would be nice if the instructor had given them some instructions on how to swim before pushing him in. Assuming the student survives his “lesson”; can you imagine the instructor evaluation form he would fill out? Students new to expectations for self-directed and life-long learning can feel as though they’ve been pushed into deep water with no swimming skills. (more…)

Tips for Maximizing the Impact of PowerPoint Presentations, Part II

Filed under: Technology Matters — Sarah Lang on August 29, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

Last week, I shared two tips for maximizing the impact of your PowerPoint presentations while keeping “Death by PowerPoint” at bay. Keeping with the “less is more” theme presented in Tip #2, this tip shifts more towards aesthetics.


Tip #3: Engage, Don’t Distract

The last way to maximize the impact of your PowerPoint is to limit use of elements that distract more than engage the audience’s attention. Realistically, paying attention to a speaker is difficult enough without the speaker also requiring you to simultaneously ignore animated effects, irritating or indistinguishable color combinations, and other extraneous elements (more…)

Box and IUanyWare Webinars by IT Training

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on August 26, 2014 @ 9:14 am

Below are two online opportunities from IT Training. They are evening events and are free to attend.


Box: Access Files, Share and Collaborate from Anywhere

Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30-6:30pm EDT.

In this workshop, participants will learn about their new cloud storage option at Indiana University: Box. Box is a cloud storage service that focuses on collaboration between users. IU faculty, staff, and students are all eligible for an account with 50 GB of storage. In this workshop, we will learn how users can create and access their account, store and share files, as well as how to use Box as an effective collaboration tool.

The webinar is free and open to all. Details at Register there or just show up at to attend.


IUanyWare: A Brief Introduction (more…)

Tips for Maximizing the Impact of PowerPoint Presentations – Part I

Filed under: Technology Matters — Sarah Lang on August 22, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

We’ve all experienced it and, let’s admit it, we’ve all done it: we have ALL created ineffective PowerPoint presentations at one time or another. And despite our best efforts to forge ahead, we have all been victims (and, some of us, perpetrators!) of “Death by PowerPoint”.   Over the next two weeks, I will share three tips for maximizing the impact of your PowerPoint presentations while keeping “Death by PowerPoint” at bay. Here are the first two:


Tip #1: Words before Slides

One of the simplest ways to maximize the impact of your PowerPoint presentations is to write down what you want to say before you create or select your slides. Though this sounds like a “no-brainer”, most people, particularly those pressed for time, typically do not do it. All too often, presenters will create their slides while (or worse, before) they decide what to say. We have all seen the evidence of this live—whether it’s the presenter who reads their slides verbatim; the presenter who repeatedly tells the audience to “ignore the details” on slides; or the presenter who attempts the land speed record for slide advancement to finish their presentation on time—these are all evidence that the slides, rather than the presenter, designed the presentation.

So, what method for capturing your plan is best? That really depends on the type of presentation and how you like to organize your thoughts. For example, you could write an outline, or draw a flow chart, or talk through what you plan to say, jotting down notes as you speak. You could also (more…)

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. (more…)

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…)

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