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Hurtubise, OU-HCOM office offering faculty development opportunities

(ATHENS, Ohio – May 20, 2013) Larry Hurtubise, M.A., joined the Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) on Feb. 1, 2013, as faculty development educational technologist and assistant professor of family medicine. In this role, he is tasked with leading the efforts to prepare OU-HCOM faculty to deliver an interconnected educational experience to live and distance audiences simultaneously. This new position was created in response to the growth of the college, the expansion to extension campuses in Columbus and Cleveland, and the need to further develop the college’s ability to leverage educational technologies.

“I am so pleased that Larry has joined the team,” said Steve Davis, director of the Office of Faculty Development. “Larry brings experience and expertise in instructional design and educational technology, including learning management systems, audience response systems, eLearning module development and iPads.”

Hurtubise spent the past 15 years at the Ohio State University and, in 2000, was recruited to develop a strategy and support model for advancing technology-enhanced learning activities within the university’s college of medicine. In that role, he focused on the pedagogies related to online education. In 2007 he became a founding member of the college’s Center for Education and Scholarship where he was a part of a team that promoted scholarship of teaching and learning to enhance the quality of health sciences education. 

Hurtubise’s area of scholarship is the diffusion of technological innovations in medical education. “There’s a national need for more primary care providers,” Hurtubise said. “Many are grappling with this issue. We’re trying to figure out how to prepare primary care physicians effectively at a distance. And to the extent that we’re able to figure that out, and share our story, it’s going to help us serve our local communities, Ohio, and our colleagues around the nation.”

Hurtubise described technology as a “moving target.” He noted that effectively leveraging technology for distance learning in medical education doesn’t necessarily mean inventing brand new methods of instruction.  It can mean exploring what other schools, departments or specialties are doing and applying those strategies here.  At OU-HCOM he plans to work with curriculum blocks to help them design instruction that leverages technology. His plans also include workshops to share new educational technologies and exploring how to translate face-to-face teaching strategies to distance learning.

The Office of Faculty Development is offering two such opportunities this week. On Wednesday, May 22, an iPad Brownbag will be presented at noon in Grosvenor 113. The program will feature OU-HCOM faculty demonstrating the Apps they use in medical education and some of the experiences of the student iPad Group. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and to share your experiences.

On Thursday, May 23, a “Preparing for Synchronous Teaching and Learning (STL)” workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Grosvenor 128. The workshop will cover strategies for teaching students face-to-face and at a distance simultaneously and effective use of technologies. The workshop will be repeated June 4, 11 and 20.

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