|Title||Virtual Learning Community Project|
The goals of this project are to design, develop, and integrate an on line virtual learning community in the Undergraduate Medical Expansion Program, Faculty of Medicine.
The following objectives will assist in achieving these goals:
With the increase in the number of medical students and the transition to geographically distributed sites of program delivery (Expansion), the role of information and communication technology in the learning environment greatly increases. Communication technology allows for groups to build new communities based on mutual interests rather than on geography. This becomes increasingly important as medical student disperse to different regions throughout the province. Virtual learning communities represent groups that not only share mutual interests, but also social network capital, and knowledge capital. The learning theory of social constructionism suggests that individual learning is enhanced by shared constructive activity in the social setting. Thus, learning, knowledge building, and knowledge acquisition are greatly enhanced by interaction and collaboration with others. A virtual learning community has to ability to greatly enhance how this occurs.
The development of the project will reflect a community approach. Coordination of the project and educational expertise will be provided through the Division of Educational Support and Development (DESO) in the Faculty of Medicine (FoMD). The process will involve three phases:
|Year 1: Project Year||Year 1|
|Year 1: Funding Year||2005/2006|
|Year 1: Project Type||Small TLEF|
|Year 1: Principal Investigator||Justin Bonzo|
|Year 1: Funded Amount||44,314|
|Year 1: Team Members|
Justin Bonzo, Educational Support and Development, Faculty of Medicine