Educators’ Collaborative Lunch

The Department of Medical Sciences & Education is pleased to host monthly one-hour meetings for BUMC educators to share and exchange ideas for best practices in pedagogy for graduate biomedical education over lunch.

If you are interested in being a discussion moderator, suggesting a discussion topic, or hosting a workshop, please email Amanda Bolgioni-Smith at abolgion@bu.edu.

Schedule

All meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of the month from 12:00-12:50 pm.

September 29, 2020
Intro to Using Evidence-Based Practices in Graduate Education Research:  Evaluation & Assessment
Every year, new challenges emerge when organizing re-current or developing new training programs – competency development, on-line or distance learning, resource limitations, etc.  Yet at the heart of our work remains the same fundamental questions – How do we know programs are effective? What skills do these programs address and what skills are missing or underutilized?  What are the biggest challenges facing learner engagement in and faculty support for these programs?Therefore, the objectives of this workshop are to 1) highlight the importance of using evidence-based practices in program design
2) provide a quick overview of the evaluation & assessment practices
3) provide participants an opportunity to practice designing questions and/or instruments they can use for programs on their campus in their context.
[Recording]
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John Vasquez, PhD, MHSA
Director of Assessment & Professional Development
Van Andel Institute Graduate School
Grand Rapids, MI
October 21, 2020
Virtual McCahan Education Day
Keynote Presentation: Learning from Anywhere for Everyone: Designing for Diversity in Ability and Identity
Noon-2 p.m.
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David H. Rose, Ed.D.
November 17, 2020
Microaggressions & Their Impact on Professional Development in the Academy
[Recording]
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Fadie Coleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education
Director, Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences Program
Farrah Belizaire, M.S.
Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Graduate Medical Sciences
December 15, 2020
Stakes is High: Meeting the Urgency of this Moment
The year is 2020. A nation struggles to battle a global pandemic and at the same time undo centuries of systemic racism, all while grappling with one of the most consequential elections in its history. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, but this is our reality. For some, the impacts of this moment are mostly viewed through our phones and televisions. However, for others, the pain is much closer to home and the stakes are much higher. This workshop will focus on how we as individuals and collectively through our work can meet this moment with the urgency that it requires, especially for the people who are counting on us most.
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Raul Fernandez, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Lecturer, Higher Education Administration
February 23, 2021 
Applying Theories of Change to Measure Learning and Impact
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have gained traction as resources for professional development, in addition to a solution to pandemic learning constraints. This talk will highlight the method our Postdoc Academy team used to evaluate a professional development MOOC for postdoctoral trainees created by a university consortium in the United States. Most approaches to evaluating MOOCs focus on analysis of participation, outcomes from course assignments, self-reported learning outcomes, course completion and user pathways through the online content or clickstream data. Few published evaluations describe in detail how learning happens within online courses and the anticipated medium and longer term cognitive and behavioral outcomes for participants. This work aims to guide those who are designing, implementing and evaluating MOOCs or short courses through applying theories of change to focus evaluation on the process of learning. This approach can be used as a complement to traditional approaches for evaluating any type of extended learning opportunity, from MOOCs or short courses to a series of connected workshops.
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Access Passcode: 7Zk@.VyPIntegrating Evaluation for Learning Throughout Your Program_Sarah Hokanson
Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs
March 23, 2021
Career and Professional Development Mentoring Promising Practices
BU PhD students and postdocs were surveyed over the past few years to assess their needs on career and professional mentoring (outside of scientific mentoring). In this interactive workshop we will share with you promising practices learned from survey data collected by BU’s BEST program and Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs and provide you with resources to easily increase your mentees satisfaction around their training experience.
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Amanda Bolgioni-Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education
Associate Director of Evaluation, BU Clinical & Translational Science InstituteSarah Hokanson, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs
April 13, 2021
Increasing Productivity as a Practitioner
As an educator and/or administrator publishing can be challenging to navigate. You will learn secrets to success of producing scholarly output as an educator along with great ways to work collaboratively. Rebekah Layton, PhD is a graduate career educator who has successfully published 6 peer reviewed, 4 book chapters, open framework, 2 pre-prints under review, and on 6 national collaborations on national network working groups and is a PI of an R01 in the past 5 years after joining the field in 2015.
Rebekah Layton, Ph.D.
Director, Professional Development Programs
Office of Graduate Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Past Educators’ Collaborative Lunches

Slides, Handouts, and Resources

2018-2019

2019-2020