The Digital Learning and Innovation service at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), helps to align our university’s strategic objectives for education and research by incorporating innovative approaches to learning design and technology-enhanced learning (TEL). Our team offers consultation on the learning design process and support in the development of digital learning objects to enhance our blended and online curriculum. The team also explores innovative pedagogies, both evidence-based and emerging trends to help inform education enhancements at MBRU.
Our approach to digital learning is based on three core pillars, which help to develop authentic digital learning materials and engage learning experiences to better serve our students and faculty.
Research has demonstrated that engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher level critical thinking skills while promoting meaningful learning experiences. Instructors who adopt a student-centered approach to instruction increase their opportunity for student engagement, which helps everyone successfully achieve the course’s learning objectives.
Active learning requires students to participate in class, as opposed to sitting and listening quietly. Strategies may include, brief question-and-answer sessions, discussions integrated into the lecture, hands-on activities, simulations, and experiential learning events.
A pedagogy-first approach to teaching in which we first introduce materials to students online, allowing in-class time to be re-purposed for inquiry, application, and assessment in order to better meet the needs of each individual.
Utilizing tools to support student learning in creative and innovative ways, when properly aligned with the instructor’s learning objectives and course content.