Academic Technologies

Operational Service

We support the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s learning management system, digital video platforms, and provide
technology assistance and consultation. This year, we undertook a technology pilot to explore options to meet growing
need for video-based education within FoMD.

Learning Management System (LMS)

The faculty’s learning management system (LMS) supports online administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and
delivery of courses, educational modules, assessment, and learning resources.

Demand for our system has increased each year, since it was first introduced in 2012, with a large number of different groups
using the system for a variety of purposes such as:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Exam delivery
  • Training courses
  • Faculty development
  • Program resources
  • Interfaculty resources
  • Student groups and clubs

In addition to members of FoMD, our LMS is accessible to affiliated learners and instructors within the University of
Alberta, and external partners.

Highlights

  • Our LMS continues to be most heavily used by undergraduate dentistry and medicine.
  • Over the past year, there has been steady growth in the use of our LMS in post-graduate programs.
  • Three of the four most actively used courses are cross-faculty resource courses.
  • We undertook one major upgrade in 2015 that enhanced the performance and capability of our LMS.

LMS Trends

 Total user logins per half-year

 

Over the past three years, we have seen an increase in the use of our learning management system. The above graph indicates

total user logins in 6-month intervals from January 2013 to January 2016.

Digital Video Platform

We support digital recording and online distribution of lectures and presentations. Our system allows presenters to record
audio, video, and screen activity, and distribute recordings online in a variety of formats. Recordings can be made in
supported classrooms, from spersonal computers, and mobile devices.

The use of lecture capture has increased steadily since it was first introduced in 2010. Today, the system is used for online
courses, self-study, blended learning scenarios, and many other uses.

Highlights

  • Over the past year 1,574 hours were recorded.
  • Lecture capture is heavily used by both undergraduate dentistry and medicine.
  • Over the past two years, there has been an increase in demand from postgraduate programs for recording of
  • academic half-day and rounds.
  • Our video platform underwent one major upgrade in 2015.

Digital Video Trends

Lectures recorded from June 1st to May 31st per academic year

 Video recording has grown steadily over the past three years.

 

Blue bars indicate the number of hours recorded each year. In 2016, as part of a pilot, we began to offer support for users to create and host pre-recorded instructional videos. 

This number is expected to grow in 2016-17.

 

Technology Pilot: Video Platform

In response to increased demand for instructional video, we undertook a pilot in 2015 in collaboration with Technologies in Education (Faculty of Education) to explore video platforms
suitable to the growing needs of our faculty. The pilot consisted of an environmental scan and trial of several candidate systems. Key issues explored included:

  • Support for a variety of recording scenarios
  • Robust security and privacy protection
  • Collection management (tagging, searching and archiving)
  • Flexible options for sharing videos
  • Available on and off campus
  • Appropriate intellectual property and copyright safeguards
  • Good integration with existing systems
  • Data analytics and reporting

The pilot concluded with the acquisition of the Kaltura video platform, which became available to members of the FoMD community in the fall of 2016. The new system includes a number of features such as:

  • Improved security and stability 
  • Mobile support
  • Integration with our LMS
  • Interactive quizzing