Educational Technology

GW and SMHS have many educational technology tools available to enhance your teaching.  Please view the resources below for more information.  

Teaching Online/Developing Digital Content

Recording Presentations and Videos

Please view the Recording Online Modules page for more information on each of the tools, and to decide which tool is best for your purposes. 

Tools currently supported by SMHS: 

  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Panopto
  • Zoom
  • Camtasia (license required at additional cost)
  • Articulate 365/Storyline (for more information on using this tool, contact the CFE or IMPACT team for a consult)
Web Conferencing

GW has 3 web conferencing tools available - Zoom, Webex, and Blackboard Collaborate.  For a details and comparison of tools, please view the Web Conferencing Tools page.   

Creating/Updating Course Websites

Blackboard is the course management system used at GWU. Blackboard sites can house course materials (handouts, readings, slides), course syllabi, manuals, group listings, links to session recordings, discussion boards and/or blogs for student/instructor communication, and much more.

For more information and tutorials, visit the Blackboard page

Tools to Support Active Learning

PollEverywhere

PollEverywhere is an audience response system licensed by GW's School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

PollEverywhere provides SMHS faculty with multiple question types including multiple choice, word cloud, clickable image, and open-ended questions.  Functionality is also available for Q&A which allows users to respond and then upvote or downvote submitted responses, and competition which also the instructor to create a series of questions and let participants compete to answer fastest.

For details on setup and use, please view the PollEverywhere guide

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a platform for creating rich, asynchronous conversations around media like images, documents, presentations, and videos. Students and instructors can comment on the posted media content using text, audio, or video.

For more information, see the GW IT VoiceThread page

Doceri

Doceri is an iPad app that can be used to highlight, annotate, and draw on the projected screen from anywhere in the room.   It's a great substitute for using a laser pointer or a mouse to point to areas on an image or slide, and it is captured in the session recording, so students can see it later.

With Doceri, you can launch any document or application, annotate over them, and save the annotations. There is also a whiteboard feature, where you can create any handwritten/drawn content on any background of your choice. This technology allows faculty to more easily involve students in problem solving activities and allow for a potential increase in mobility in the classroom.

An instructor can utilize the iPad in the classroom via Doceri perhaps by using the whiteboard, marking up a diagram; or by just using the iPad to remotely control the computer desktop.

Doceri offers tips and suggestions for incorporating the app as a part of a flipped classroom at this link: http://doceri.com/solutions_flipped.php

There are user guides, FAQ’s and How-to videos. http://doceri.com/videos.php

Articulate 360

Articulate 360 is a full-featured development suite for e-Learning modules.  This software has been purchased by both the CFE and the IMPACT team for developing interactive projects.  Please reach out to either Tracy Blanchard or the IMPACT team for a consult if you are interested in creating interactive, branched, or multimedia modules.  

Surveys, Evaluations and Exams

MedHub

MedHub is an online management system used to support education requirements, including but not limited to demographic information, rotation schedules, evaluations, procedure logs, conferences, duty hours, and training modules. As it pertains to medical students, GW primarily uses MedHub for evaluations of students and of educators, and to track duty hours, procedures, and encounters completed by students in the clinical curriculum. MedHub is also used to complete and track CSR evaluations in the pre-clinical curriculum. MedHub can be accessed from any device with internet connection.

Access MedHub

Log-in: https://gwu.medhub.com

If you have a MedHub account via a GW residency program, your username and password are the same.

If you have forgotten your password, request a password reset by clicking the “Forgot My Password” button on the log-in screen.

If you do not have a MedHub username and password, contact your course coordinator.

Resources

Data in MedHub is targeted individually for each user.

Faculty use MedHub to complete evaluations of students they have supervised in a clinical course, and to view evaluations completed of them by students they have supervised.

Course Directors have the same access as faculty (above), as well as access to additional functions and reports to track student and faculty performance. Course Directors can view student and faculty evaluations, student duty hours, and student encounters and procedures in their course(s).

Faculty Guides

View and Complete Evaluations  - Complete evaluations of students and view evaluations completed for you

 

Contact Bedig Galladian at bgalladian@gwu.edu with any MedHub problems or questions.

Course Director Guides

View Student and Faculty Evaluations - View student and faculty evaluations in your course. View Student Duty Hours - View student duty hours compliance in your course.

ExamSoft

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences MD and PA programs administer exams and quizzes using a secure, internet based exam management software called SofTest.  SofTest is a high stakes assessment program developed and licensed by ExamSoft, an internet-based exam delivery system.  SofTest enables exam takers to securely take examinations downloaded to their iPads or personal computers by blocking access to files, programs, and the Internet during an exam. 

Faculty who are interested in setting up exams in SofTest or would like to request an ExamSoft account, should contact Kathleen Kline at kgkline@gwu.edu (MD Program) or Katherine Sanchez, kssanchez@gwu.edu (PA Program).

For more information about ExamSoft and SofTest, please visit the ExamSoft website at http://learn.examsoft.com/

Qualtrics

Qualtrics is the primary survey tool used to collect data for program evaluation for the MD program. However, it has functions and capabilities outside of this scope which may be of value to faculty. To find out more about how you can use Qualtrics for research please visit the link below.

www.qualtrics.com/higher-education/

To create an account within Qualtrics please click here: https://smhsgwu.co1.qualtrics.com/ControlPanel/

Qualtrics offers an excellent library of short, easy to follow training videos on building surveys, distributing surveys and analyzing your data.  Additionally, they offer webinars which are recorded and posted to the Qualtrics Support page. Please click this link to view www.qualtrics.com/support/

If you have additional questions about Qualtrics please contact Stephanie Sarandos, Director, Office of Evaluation, MD Program at MDeval@gwu.edu.  

Google Forms and Microsoft Forms

Google Drive and Microsoft Office 365 both have online form creation tools.  These tools are available to anyone with a GW Net ID login. 

Additional Resources and Tools

Presentation and Slide Development

The CFE has developed the following resources to assist with slide and presentation development.  

Additional recommended resources for creating slides: 

Using Durable Links

A durable link is a link that will consistently deliver access to an e-journal or e-book regardless of if the user if on- or off-campus.    Durable links connect students to required and recommended readings and do not require faculty to obtain copyright permission. 

Himmelfarb Library Durable Links Guide

LinkedIn Learning - Free Online Training and Courses

Access dozens of regularly updated online courses in design, leadership, multimedia tools and techniques, and common software applications led by recognized industry experts.

Access to LinkedIn Learning is available to the GW community at no cost. Sign in with your GW NetID and password.

Already a member? Learn how to merge your personal account profile with your GW account.

Adobe Creative Suite

All GW students, faculty, and staff have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) on their university-owned or personal device. Adobe CC includes 20 desktop and mobile applications for design, photography, video and web, including such powerful creative tools as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Premier Pro, and more.

For more information, see the GW IT page on Adobe Creative Campus.

iPad Guide

All incoming SMHS medical students are provided iPads to help with their studies. 

More information on setup and use can be found in the iPad Guide.

Technology Support