Broadly speaking, "instructional technologies" describes the use of technology to augment and improve the quality and delivery of education.
At UC Irvine, the Instructional Technologies Group (ITG) has been tasked with assisting the School of Medicine in this purpose.
At the center of this mission is our iMedEd Initiative, which represents a comprehensive "reboot" of our medical school curriculum. iMedEd is not just a play on the Apple product nomenclature or solely about the iPad - it is a framework for rethinking medical education to make it interactive and innovative.
We feel the timing is right for this transition: Our students have demonstrated the familiarity and need for instructional technologies in their education and our patients are becoming savvier and are demanding the highest quality of care, which the technology can help us provide.
We are at a transition point in medicine where our paper-based systems are becoming obsolete and technology is creating ways for faster and safer delivery of care to our patients.
We expect our physicians to fully adopt this technology and it only makes sense for us, as educators, to train future physicians to use this technology and how to critically appraise it.
The ITG works to support these goals.