We live in the age of Big Data. Information technology has allowed us to collect amazing amounts of data about what we do every day, and how we go about our daily tasks. For example, consider how Google can predict the words you are likely to type next when you search online; or, how your favourite online store knows exactly what to recommend for your next purchase. Analyzing this data can provide powerful insights.
In education, we are just beginning to understand how to use data to enhance the way students learn. Currently, the amount of available sources of information on how trainees learn is unprecedented. As data from learners’ performance increases exponentially, modern IT tools provide solutions for combining and presenting this data for the benefit of learners and supervisors.
But can information gleaned from these sources truly help trainees accelerate their growth in a discipline? The promise of analytics is that the compilation and presentation of data back to trainees can indeed promote learning.
Educational data mining can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Join us at the 2017 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) in beautiful Quebec City for the Learning Analytics Summit: Demystifying the Use of Big Data in Medical Education.
Together with an international panel of experts, participants will have the opportunity to help build a community of scholars from the ground up that will debate the pertinent issues and establish an agenda for future development.
We are pleased to include the following panelists on the program: Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti (University of Toronto); Dr. Jason Frank (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada); Dr. Stan Hamstra (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education); Dr. Karen Hauer (University of California); Dr. Martin Pusic (New York University School of Medicine); Dr. Tim Shaw (University of Sydney); Dr. Brent Thoma (University of Saskatchewan); Dr. Amol Verma (University of Toronto); and, Dr. Eric Warm (University of Cincinnati).
Visit the ICRE website to learn more about this exciting two-day pre-conference event.
Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti MD, MSc, FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director for the HoPingKong Centre at UHN. He is also a CanMEDS Clinician Educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Since 2010, he has been a member of the planning board for the International Conference on Residency Education, and is Chair of this year’s Learning Analytics Summit.