April 2016 | Issue 23
LKCMedicine scoops three Nanyang Awards

Mobile, paperless, targeted, trackable, accessible anywhere and just a swipe away – these are just some features of LKCMedicine’s award-winning e-learning ecosystem. The multidisciplinary, intercontinental team behind this project was honoured with one of two Nanyang Awards for Teamwork awarded at this year’s Celebrate NTU held on 8 March at the Nanyang Auditorium.

Team ELITe with NTU Provost Prof Freddy Boey (left) and NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson (right) at the Nanyang Award Ceremony

The prestigious university-level award recognises teams whose outstanding teamwork in a major university project has brought success and honour to the university.

On receiving the award, Director of E-Learning & IT Services Mr Paul Gagnon said, “This is great recognition for a phenomenal team effort. With this project, we are using the latest classroom and online learning technologies to ensure that students have ‘just-in-time’, uninterrupted, and targeted access to their learning resources and associated learning activities, whether they are on campus or travelling to healthcare sites for their lessons.”

Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer added, “It was a tremendous team effort involving the curriculum teams in Singapore and London and our e-learning and IT experts, so we’re thrilled to receive this prestigious award from NTU. Our e-learning ecosystem is one of the features that makes the LKCMedicine experience unique.”

Starting with a vision to redefine medicine and transform healthcare, the School wanted to develop an e-learning ecosystem that integrates and aligns technology, curriculum and pedagogy to support a mobile, paperless, self-directed and interactive learning experience. Bringing together more than 20 staff from E-Learning, Medical Education, Curriculum and Educational Development to Course Evaluation, and Operations and Resources, the ELITe (E-Learning and Instructional Technology) team set to work on developing solutions that have come to underpin the learning experience at LKCMedicine.

With students spending their first two years on the School’s dual campus and their later years at healthcare institutions across Singapore, the team seized the opportunity to drive mobile innovation and maximise the use of mobile devices such as the iPad.

Timetables were drawn up, mapped and tagged to learning outcomes and resources, and customised for cohorts and even student groups within cohorts. Learning materials were customised for e-delivery, including voiceover PowerPoints, e-books with embedded videos, PDFs, animations and quizzes. Clinical skills training and assessment tools were customised. Team-Based Learning (TBL) sessions were turned into paper-free activities fully supported by an online Learning Activity Management System (LAMS).

And everything is available online via one simple log-in. With all resources downloadable, content is accessible anytime, anywhere. Made viable through a specially developed Technology-Enhanced Resources, Activities, Support and Assessment (TERASA) learning design framework, the e-learning ecosystem consists of five pillars – iLKC, iLecture, iLAMS, iFolio and Analytics.

And it has gone down a treat. One LKCMedicine student’s feedback read, “The convenience and ease of having resources on the iPad helps us to study better and in a variety of ways that are only possible with an iPad.”

It has also been rolled out to NTU’s premier Renaissance Engineering Programme and attracted delegations from more than 20 government, academic, professional and industry bodies from around the world who were keen to learn more.

Assoc Prof Wong Teck Yee (left) and Dr Reddy Mogali (right) were recognised with School-level Nanyang Education Awards

At the same ceremony, LKCMedicine Assistant Dean for Year 4 and Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee and Senior Lecturer in Anatomy Dr Reddy Mogali were honoured with School-level Nanyang Education Awards, which recognise individual faculty who have exhibited excellent teaching practices and enriched their students’ learning experiences. Assoc Prof Wong was recognised for his drive to deliver a learning environment as close to the real world as possible to immerse and engage students more effectively. Dr Reddy was honoured for imparting core concepts in a way that inspires further enquiry, critical thinking and collaborative learning.