Continuing the Collaborate Discussion: The Next Chapter in Technology and Health Sciences Education

Concurrent Session 7

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Discuss with panelists from UNMC, GWU and Mayo Clinic their “take aways” from the first ever OLC Collaborate on the future of instructional technology in Health Professions Education and generate ideas for future inter-institutional collaborations.


Paige McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Learning at The George Washington University. She is currently working to promote blended learning and develop blended courses in Health Professions education. Paige's research interests include blended learning, collaborative learning, reflective practice, and course design for higher levels of learning.
Over 20 years in adult education and curriculum development. Online learning is my modality and I partner with e-learning developers to implement best practices in instructional design and educational pedagogy for teaching and learning.
Mary Niemiec is the Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Director of the University of Nebraska Online. In her role at the University of Nebraska, she coordinates the system-wide collaborative initiative that pulls together the 150 plus online programs offered by the four campuses of the NU system. She has worked in the areas of higher education continuing, online, and blended learning for more than twenty years. In addition to her University responsibilities, she represents and serves the University within the state of Nebraska and nationally by serving in leadership roles in various professional organizations. She currently serves as President for the Board of Directors of the Online Learning Consortium. She also serves as a member of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission’s Education Council and a member of the Policy Committee for UPCEA. She was named an OLC Fellow in 2011.
Kim is the Anderson Distinguished Professor and the Associate Director of the Interprofessional Academy of Educators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been involved in sonography education at UNMC since 1991 and has served as the Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography education program since 1998. Kim is a Fellow in the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, currently serving on its board of directors, the SDMS Foundation and multiple committees. She is an active member of the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. She has authored more than 40 publications related to sonographic clinical practice and education and has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences. Her research interests include open book testing, mindfulness in the classroom, and simulation in medical education.
I currently work with a team to develop and reinforce the pedagogy and assessment strategies of faculty, and facilitate the growth of education science. Current research is focused on instructional design, educational technologies and assessing the value of online learning mechanisms and educational outcomes of blended learning and social media learning communities.

Extended Abstract

Join us in furthering the cross-disciplinary discussion we started at the first ever OLC Collaborate on the use of instructional technology in Health Professions Education.  In this session, Mary Niemiec will invite panelists from UNMC, GWU and the Mayo Clinic to share their motivations for participating in the regional conference and to discuss key “take aways” related to the use of instructional technology and the potential for future inter-institutional collaborations.  Our goal for this session is to continue to build a “learning community” focused on future use of instructional technology in health professions education and to foster collaborations across institutions to share best practices, lessons-learned and research.

The session will be structured as follows:

Panel discussion (15 mins):  Panelists will share motivations for attending the UNMC Collaborate and key “take aways” from the regional conference, including a discussion of potential future collaborations among institutions.

Plenary discussion (20 mins): Using PollEverywhere, we will solicit input from the audience to lead a discussion on challenges to adoption of instructional technologies in health professions education, what can be gained from future collaborations across institutions, and how we might continue to broaden the community of scholars and practitioners focused on promoting evidence-based uptake of instructional technologies to support health professions education.

Panel wrap-up (10 mins):  In this session, the panelists will “wrap up” the plenary discussion with a few ideas on next steps for continuing collaboration among institutions.