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Science of Team Science 2013: Regional Networks to Stimulate Multi-directional Knowledge Sharing


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Presentation to Science of Team Science conference at Northwestern University on June 25, 2013 as part of panel "Collaboration between Developed and Developing Countries Offers Opportunities to Amplify Global Health Research."

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Science of Team Science 2013: Regional Networks to Stimulate Multi-directional Knowledge Sharing

  1. 1. PRESENTERS:• Nancy L. Dianis, RN, MS, Westat Vice President andAssociate Director of the Clinical Trials Area• Kathleen Ludewig Omollo, MPP, MSI, Program Manager, Office ofEnabling Technologies, Medical School Information Services.University of Michigan• Airong Luo, PhD, Medical School, University of Michigan25 June 2013Collaboration between Developed andDeveloping Countries Offers Opportunitiesto Amplify Global Health Research
  2. 2. Regional Networks to StimulateMulti-directional Knowledge SharingKathleen Ludewig OmolloProgram Manager, Office of Enabling TechnologiesMedical School Information Services. University of MichiganSlides URL: where otherwise noted, this work is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Copyright 2013 The Regents of the University of Michigan.
  3. 3. Context: Health Disparities3Source: World Health Organization. Working Together for Health: The World Health Report 2006.WHO Publications: Geneva. 2006.
  4. 4. Context: Increased Demand for EducationImage CC:BY-NC-SA (Flickr)44
  5. 5. Context: Limited Instructor Capacity and SpaceImage CC:BY-NC University of Ghana55
  6. 6. Image CC:BY-NC-SA Kwame NkrumahUniversity of Science and TechnologyContext: It is Difficult to Find Relevant MaterialsWhen you look intextbooks it’s difficultto find African cases.[S]ometimes it can beconfusing when yousee something thatyou see on white skinso nicely and veryeasy to pick up, but onthe dark skin it has adifferent manifestationthat may be difficult tosee.Professor at PartnerInstitution in Ghana66
  7. 7. African Health Open Educational Resources NetworkImage CC:BY Sherrie Thai (Flickr)7Advance health education in Africa by:• Creating and promoting free, openly licensedteaching materials created by Africans to shareknowledge• Identifying and addressing curriculum gaps• Bridging health education communities7
  8. 8. Adapt and CreateNew MaterialsProvide tools andguides for educatorsand students todesign, license, andshare learning materialsGather Existing MaterialsFind existing learning materialsthat are free, electronic, andlicensed to allow anyone tocopy, adapt, and sharePublicly DistributeMaterialsPromote the materialsworldwide throughmultiple online andoffline methodsStimulateDiscussionFoster dialogue betweenhealth professionals aroundpedagogy, policy, and peer review8Approach 88
  9. 9. Organizational Structure99
  10. 10. • “using the content, tools andprocesses shared with us;• enabling others to use, share andadapt what we create; and• supporting transparency in ourcontent, tools and processes”School of Open,Peer to Peer UniversityImage CC:BY-SAopensourceway (Flickr)1010Open Practices
  11. 11. Image CC:BY-SA Colleen Simon (Flickr)FreePublicUnder some licenses to use, adapt,redistributeOpen Practices: Attributes of Content that is “Open”11
  12. 12. valuesongoingstakeholderengagementprojectphases4.Closure3.Execution2.Planning1.DesignProfessionalDevelopmentManaging RelationshipsOngoing Assessment12
  13. 13. Regional Network: South - South13Image CC:BY-SA Scott Maxwell (Flickr)“African universitiesstruggle to haveaccess toinformation. If wehave information,why do we not alsoshare it as part of apool of universitiesto exchangeinformation for thepurpose ofimproved learning.”Dean at PartnerInstitution in Ghana13
  14. 14. “Through the Health OpenEducational Resourcesprogram, we aretransforming our healthcurriculum to providestudents with richerlearning experiences andstrengthening their abilityto practice in a globalhealth context.”James O. Woolliscroft, M.D.Dean, University of MichiganMedical SchoolRegional Network: Local + Global BenefitsImage CC:BY tuppus (Flickr)1414
  15. 15. Regional Network: Building Capacity1515Image CC:BY-SA opensourceway (Flickr)Nuturing individuals and institutions• Workshops• On-site collaborative projects• External training opportunitiesFor context, innovation, and sustainability, connectingpeople with peers at other institutions• Quarterly newsletter• Interest groups• Regional events (workshops, conferences,publications)
  16. 16. 1616Regional Network: Partners in 2008
  17. 17. 17Regional Network: Current Partners
  18. 18. Evaluation: Assessing the Program Model1818Independent evaluation• Annual qualitative interviews and report of impact ofthe project within each of the four African partneruniversitiesEvaluations by Central Coordination Team• Cross-Institutional Collaboration Study -communication between the six organizations, and thepolicies, processes, and technologies that influencedthose interactions• Institutional Case Studies• Periodic Monitoring of Web Analytics
  19. 19. Evalution: Highlights2009 report:• “Expectations and contractual targets had been met orexceeded by an impressive margin, with projectcoordinators and participants in each institution havingengaged OER in creative ways that were mostappropriate to their own contexts”2012 report:• “OER developed through collaborative networks can leadto more productive teaching and learning”• “Enhanced quality is evidenced in the accounts ofacademics and students as well as in new qualityassurance peer-review mechanisms”19
  20. 20. Email: kludewig@umich.eduSlides URL:, by Kathleen Ludewig Omollo. Copyright 2013 TheRegents of the University of Michigan. Except where otherwisenoted, this work is available under a Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 License. References and Contact2020