Education Technology


Key Points:

  • Technology is a tool that does not replace good content
  • Learning and leveraging technology takes some effort
  • Learning is enhanced by better engaging learners and reinforcing messages in different ways
  • Don't fight your students about using technology in the classroom. They are digital natives.



  • Integrate new education technology in your curriculum
  • Experience and explore different teaching technologies
  • Reach out to your colleagues to learn about new and emerging technologies


Recommended Resources: 

Brief Review


iTunes U. Build courses here for free!

ScholarLocker. Medical students post and rate education resources.

TED-Ed. Lessons worth sharing. A site where you can build lessons based on videos posted on YouTube and track student perfomance on quizes you design.

Osmosis Med, app that pushes daily test qestions to medical students.

Knewton. Adaptive learning platform.

PowToon. Google. Create animated presentations and engaging educational videos. Can use for free. Premium accounts are $1/mo for students or $2/mo for faculty.

Crestron AirMedia™. Collaborate using your own devices. Complete wireless HD presentation from any mobile device and any platform.

Universal Notes for Medical Students. Study plans, quiz bank, notes, competency tracking and more. $ Fee required

Virtual Patient Practice Based Learning Resources

OpenLabyrinth. Free, open-source, and more importantly open-standard (supports the ANSI/Medbiq Virtual Patient standard, which promotes case portability across different platforms).

Virtual Interactive Case (VIC) system from the University of Toronto.

DecisionSim. Fully hosted; supports the ANSI/Medbiq VP standard.

Adobe Captivate. Personal case authoring tool, but expensive.

TUSK. Large enterprise educational system that has a virtual patient creator.

i-Human Patients®. Comprehensive simulated patient encounters for medical education. $ Fee required

vpSim. Online virtual patient player, authoring and administration application for medical education, training and assessment.


Khan Academy. Salman Khan. TED Talk 2011. 20 minutes.

Virtual Surgery - Developing an accurate and realistic teaching tool for medical schools. WMG Warwick. 2 minutes.

Medical Education Through Simulation. UC Irvine. 2 minutes.

Classroom Modifications at Louisville College of Medicine. 3 minutes.

Classroom Redesign at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 5 minutes.


Issa N, Schuller M, Santacaterina S, Shapiro M, Wang E, Mayer RE, DaRosa DA. Applying multimedia design principles enhances learning in medical education. Med Educ. 2011 Aug;45(8):818-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.03988.x. PubMed PMID: 21752078

Cook DA, Garside S, Levinson AJ, Dupras DM, Montori VM. What do we mean by web-based learning? A systematic review of the variability of interventions. Med Educ. 2010 Aug;44(8):765-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2010.03723.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 20633216

Richards R. Explain Everything: Formative Assessment and Screencasting. Free on iTunes Bookstore.


In-Depth Review


The Era of Digital Medicine. Warren Wiechmann. TEDx Talks. 13 minutes.

The Digital Era Hits Medicine. Eric Topol. Baylor College of Medicine. 48 minutes.


Cool Technology for Academic Medicine. Michel L. Richardson. 191 pages. $5.99 in the iBookstore.

E-Learning Heros. Articulate Community. A constantly updated collection of best practices for eLearning.

Technology in Medical Education Blog. Dr. Neil Mehta's personal experiences.


Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools. Coursera, University of Houston.

Video Games and Learning. Coursera, University of Wisconsin, Madison.