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Use of eLearning for Teaching

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Aga Khan University (AKU) has 11 teaching sites in eight countries spread across three continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe. Due to AKU's multi-campus nature, communication/coordination between these …

Aga Khan University (AKU) has 11 teaching sites in eight countries spread across three continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe. Due to AKU's multi-campus nature, communication/coordination between these teaching sites is often a problem. Moreover, the majority of countries where AKU operates suffer from political instability, making it difficult for AKU to form new and maintain existing partnerships, especially in teaching and capacity-building of its staff and students. For these reasons, AKU has turned to eLearning – the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning, teaching, and learner support services – to see what solutions it can offer to the aforementioned issues, and to what extent. The University arranged and implemented small pilot programs using different eLearning modalities at its teaching sites.

The residency program in Dental Surgery offered in AKU Karachi was chosen for a pilot project. The pilot aimed to supplement standard residency training with eLearning. Dental Surgery residents received bi-weekly online lectures by guest speakers from abroad in a variety of specialties, especially those for which there is little expertise available locally. Elluminate Live! (eLearning software) was chosen as the mode of delivery for these lectures because it allows for two-way, synchronous communication at very low Internet bandwidth. Each session was evaluated to measure and maintain quality and participant satisfaction. The sessions were found to be of high quality with minimal voice disruptions, and satisfaction of participants, including facilitator(s), was found to be above 90 percent.

Initially, there was only one guest lecturer, and about 20 residents participated in the sessions. Due to the high quality of the sessions, however, the number of guest lecturers has grown to four and over 100 residents from not only AKU Karachi but also AKU Nairobi as well as three other Pakistani dental colleges continue to benefit from the sessions. eLearning has enabled the Dental Surgery residents to successfully tap into international expertise and engage in collaboration.

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  • 1. Use of eLearning for Teaching Continuing Education in Dentistry at The Aga Khan University Karim Wallani eLearning Coordinator, Aga Khan University karim.wallani@aku.edu; elearning@aku.edu
  • 2. Background – About AKU
    • International University
    • Started in Pakistan with one teaching site
    • Over its > 25-year history, expanded to 11 teaching sites in eight countries
    • Teaching sites spread across three continents – Asia, Africa, and Europe
  • 3.  
  • 4. Background – Why eLearning?
    • AKU's multi-campus nature makes communication/coordination between teaching sites a problem
    • AKU has teaching sites where there is political instability
      • Difficult to form new and maintain existing partnerships, especially in teaching and capacity-building of its staff and students
  • 5. So we turned to eLearning…
  • 6. About the Pilot Project
    • The residency program in Dental Surgery offered in AKU Karachi chosen for pilot
    • Aim : to supplement standard residency training with eLearning
    • Dental Surgery residents received bi-weekly online lectures by guest speakers from abroad in a variety of specialities, especially those for which there is little expertise available locally
  • 7. Mode of Delivery
    • Elluminate Live! chosen as the mode of delivery for these lectures
      • Allows for two-way, synchronous (i.e. real-time) communication
      • Consumes very low Internet bandwidth
      • Hands-on training was given to residents on how to use Elluminate
  • 8. The Elluminate Live! Interface
  • 9. Details of Elluminate Sessions
    • Each session evaluated to measure and maintain quality and participant satisfaction
    • Sessions found to be of high quality with minimal voice disruptions , and satisfaction of participants, including facilitator(s), found to be above 90 percent
    • Initially, only one guest lecturer and about 20 residents participated in the sessions
    • Number of guest lecturers has grown to four, and over 100 residents from AKU Karachi, AKU Nairobi and three other Pakistani Dental Colleges continue to benefit from the sessions
  • 10. AKU Karachi Dentistry Residents at a Typical Elluminate Session
  • 11.  
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  • 13. Conclusion
    • eLearning using Elluminate Live! has enabled AKU’s Dental Surgery residents to successfully tap into international expertise and engage in collaboration
    • Elluminate is starting to become an integral part of the Dentistry residency program and continues to be used today
  • 14. Thanks!

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