The eLearning website is a tool that can be used to enhance the delivery of educational content. It is a helpful way in which one can guide his/her own education. It contains videos, powerpoint slides, learning modules and practice quizzes related to a variety of topics in Psychiatry; it can also be used to complete assignments that professors and supervisors may assign.
The content of the eLearning website is reviewed before it is made available to ensure that it is in keeping with the objectives of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's recommendations on post-graduate education in Psychiatry.
Using the eLearning website can provide numerous benefits to any learner in Psychiatry. FIrst and foremost, it provides a collection of reliable educational content that is readily accessible from anywhere. Secondly, there are quizzes that can aid individuals in anonymously deepening their insights into areas of strength and areas of weakness; thus, it can help better focus one's time in developing weaker areas. Thirdly, there is no limit to the number of times an individual can use any of the content on this website, allowing for as brisk or as lengthy a learning experience as desired.
As for professional obligations, the eLearning website can help complete assignments in the comfort of one's own home. It also helps individuals prepare for The RCPSC exams in Psychiatry.
Any quiz results on the eLearning website are truly anonymous from the faculty, staff, residents and adminstrators of the eLearning website. Collective information, similar to "the average score" on standardized board exams, may be collected to assess whether educational objectives are being met on a global scale across the residency program. Using such information, it is impossible to isolate which individual has greater or weaker performance.
The content of the eLearning website is developed by the faculty and residents of The Department of Psychiatry. It is then reviewed by certain faculty members to ensure that only the most reliable content is made available to the users of the eLearning website.
Sure! If you are interested in submitting presentations or videos, please contact Mr. David Suatac stating your interest. He can be reached at David.Suatac@theroyal.ca.
All you have to do is e-mail Mr. David Suatac at David.Suatac@theroyal.ca and state your interest in contributing to the eLearning website. You will then see a new link on your navigation pane (left side of your eLearning screen) saying "My Contributions". Simply click on this link, then click on "My Submitted Questions" and finally, on "Submit New Question". Once your question is submitted, it will be reviewed by academic faculty prior to being published for other eLearning users.
Mandatory assignments are assigned to users (usually residents and medical students) by faculty. These are often a part of a learning objective required for a comprehensive training experience. Some of these assignments may be quizzes related to recent topics covered during didactic sesisons. Others may be didactic presentations themselves, which may supplement or even replace in-person didactic sessions.
Non-mandatory assignments are assigned to users for multiple reasons. While these can sometimes be a supplement to topics covered through other media, they are often used to help colleagues complete research projects. Some non-mandatory assignments are used to gague applicability and efficacy prior to forwarding them to the Royal College where Psychiatrists may receive M.O.C credits for completing them.
The system processes any feedback provided and discards any identiying information. Anonymous comments appear to those who are responsible for maintaining and updating the website. There is no way to access who provided which feedback. The only purpose for collecting feedback is to make continuous attempts to improve the eLearning website so that the users can have the best learning experience possible.
As a staff member, all you have to do is e-mail Mr. David Suatac at David.Suatac@theroyal.ca and state your interest in reviewing new questions for approval. Once you are granted this privelege, you will receive an e-mail outlining the requirements of approving questions. If the submitted question(s) meet all the criteria listed in the e-mail, you may approve the question(s).
Mandatory assignments are tracked by the system to keep a log of those who have completed assignments versus those who have not. Furthermore, scores generated by completing assignments are also tracked by the system.
This information is not accessible to anybody working with the system (i.e. contributors, users, the developer, faculty, residents or students). Only anonymous completion information (i.e. what percentage of residents completed a given assignment) may be made available to a contributor. He/She can not find out who specifically has or has not completed an assignment through the system.
Consistent missing of deadlines or consistent under-performance automatically generates a flag. This flag is generated discreetly, with information only made available to the program director's office. Nobody else using the system in any capacity will have any knowledge of such a flag being generated. The flag only mentions that an individual may be under-performing or missing deadlines consistently; it does not specify performance scores or assignment details.
If such a flag is generated, the program director may decide to contact residents to offer support in areas requiring attention. The purpose of this process is to ensure that by the time residents graduate from the program, there are no major academic gaps that can stand in the way of passing the Royal College exams, completing the program successfully and becoming an adept physician.