This should be a really interesting semester since it is first time I will be teaching “Consumer Health Informatics and Web 2.0 in Healthcare” in the College of Medicine – Biomedical Informatics Program and in the College of Pharmacy (COP). This is the third time I have taught this elective in the Masters of Biomedical Informatics (MSBI) Program, but it is the first for Pharmacy (and obviously the first time concurrently).
The COP elective is more traditional as it primarily meets in a classroom; however, it does have some hybrid aspects in that some of the lectures will be asynchronous Tegrity sessions. The plan is for the students to view those on their own and then have discussion-driven classes following those. I am also using an audience response system during the COP course to try and promote student engagement. It is a course delivered via live, interactive video to two of our sites this semester (i.e. Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach). One of the most exciting aspects of the COP course is the calibre of the guest lectures who have agreed to participate this semester. It is a bit experimental as the guest presenters will be contributing lectures via asynchronous recorded lectures, live via videoconference (e.g. Skype) so that we can also have live Q&A, and live in-classroom.
For the MSBI offering, it is built to accomodate students in a much wider geographic distribution. Most of the students this semester are in Florida, but there are also students spending much of their time in places as far as Saudi Arabia. Regardless, South Florida lends itself to a very diverse population and so there is a strong international presence in most programs anyway. Because of this distribution, the course is basically delivered online through the use of asynchronous sessions and Live Sessions. This is a really interesting course due, in part, to the heterogenous nature of the students. Even though the program is housed in the COM, it allows for varying types of students seeking their Masters. So far I have had students with backgrounds including practicing pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and scientists along with teachers, businesspeople and computer science experts. It makes for some pretty lively discussions as the range of experience and expertise among the students can be eye-opening!
So that is a pretty long preface to say that I have posted the slides from one of my favorite lectures of the semester – mHealth. I think there is enormous potential for mHealth. I am also happy to be involved in a panel on this topic at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December of this year. Please feel free to share any feedback you have about the scope, contents, or emphasis of this slide deck. Every semester in this course I add and delete lecture topics and then tweak and update the existing ones – so your opinions are all welcome.