Whereas the environment of health professions education once only included lectures, learners now choose from podcasts, vodcasts, free open access medical education (FOAM), massive open online classrooms (MOOC), social media sites, and other online resources (Toohey, 2016; Boysen-Osborn, 2017). Didactic teaching is changing as well with emphasis placed on the flipped classroom, including small group learning, simulation, and team based learning (Toohey, 2016).
The Engaging Learners through Innovation and Technology (ELITe) Conference is a three day symposium for medical educators interested in advancing their teaching skills in the current environment. The conference planning committee has used current literature in medical education as well as personal expertise (two faculty members hold master’s degrees in education, all hold leadership roles in education).
During the conference, learners will apply the techniques taught during the course to practice. Learners will have an opportunity to work one on one with conference faculty and graphic designers/artists to develop lectures, podcasts, and flipped classroom exercises.