Apple and orange: comparing patient safety, health data and the airline industry
Over the decades, the airline industry which was already very safe, has made further strides to improve safety. The current trend in patient safety and simulation conferences is to repeatedly draw parallel conclusions, decrying those in healthcare... continue reading
Axiology: is a learning intervention worth the effort?
Many medical education studies pursue a measurement approach to demonstrate the efficacy of a learning intervention. Researchers, steeped in the belief system that positions randomized controlled trials as the ultimate form of inquiry, try to... continue reading
METRICS: a pattern language for education scholarship
Scholarly activities in health professions education have been growing but despite the interest, what is considered as scholarship in (medical) education has remained vague. Boyer’s classes of scholarly activity (Boyer 1990) and Glassick’s... continue reading
Orthogonal versus redundant data in education
Our university was recently hit by malware. It took weeks to restore most data, some lost completely. All backups were affected making a simple restore ineffectual. Why take this redundant approach in data safety? Consider flight data recorders:... continue reading
Why do medical schools use learning management systems so little?
In an eLearning workshop, at the 2007 Canadian Conference on Medical Education, there was an informal survey of Canadian medical schools about their use of learning management systems (LMS). All schools had one but their use was very sparse.... continue reading
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