The Role of Technology

Oceania University of Medicine provides its medical education program utilizing an online curriculum and the best of today’s e-learning capabilities.

The school’s primary curriculum delivery vehicle is an established web-based education software/course content program called Moodle (www.moodle.org). OUM has tailored Moodle to maximize efficiency and function as a teaching tool, while remaining user-friendly for students. In addition to presenting the weekly problem-based learning (PBL) case studies, exhibits, and assessments, Moodle

  • contains electronic copies of all curriculum documents including overview notes, module drug lists, animations, videos, and web-links, as well as multiple-choice practice questions, quizzes, and student surveys.
  • posts important instructional and administrative information for students ranging from the academic calendar and library resources, to blind exam results (posted with student numbers, not names).
  • provides review sections to prepare students for hurdle examinations (Final Preclinical Exam/USMLE Step 1).
  • gives instant messaging capabilities to registered users and the ability to send private messages to instructors and fellow classmates.

Reinforcing its commitment to educational technology, OUM also utilizes Collaborate, a software platform which allows for online learning and student-teacher interaction in a live, real-time classroom environment. Collaborate is specifically suited to academic institutions that incorporate distance education into their curriculum programs. The introduction of Collaborate’s virtual classrooms has provided an important and invaluable mode of interaction, namely real-time lectures and classroom discussion, as well as the opportunity to record lectures for future reference.

OUM also uses Clinical Key for its online textbooks. Clinical Key is an Elsevier product, and provides online access to textbooks, journals, practice guidelines, multimedia, and more. More than just an online repository of books, Clinical Key is a comprehensive, searchable knowledge base suitable for practicing doctors and clinicians, as well as medical students at every level of education.

At OUM highly qualified instructors guide students through the online learning process, utilizing small student discussion groups in regular tutorial sessions, focusing on intensive problem-based learning, self-instruction, and formative assessment. Through the use of e-learning management systems, students gain access to a vast amount of information, instruction, and communication in a virtual learning environment. PBL also integrates the basic sciences with clinical content from the very beginning of the program. Curriculum content and delivery, utilizing Moodle,  Collaborate, and Clinical Key, are continuously monitored by medical scholars from Australia, the US, and Samoa.

Good computer skills and a high comfort level with online communication are essential. All students are required to have a desktop or laptop computer running at least Windows Vista or higher, or Mac OSX 10.8 or higher, with at least 1GB RAM, a webcam, and an up-to-date anti-virus program. Email is the primary communication mode between students and faculty/staff. All students receive a University email address upon matriculation and are expected check their email regularly.

 
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