Enhancing the Core Competencies

Improving Communication Skills

Effective Communication
The MSU graduate uses a variety of media to communicate effectively with diverse audiences


Quality Performance Improvement Methods

Institute of Healthcare Improvement: Offers tools and resources for healthcare institutional improvement. These tools help gather information, analyze processes and gather data in order to make improvement decisions.

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Team Building

"Cooperative Learning: Students Working in Small Groups." Speaking of Teaching, Stanford University Newsletter on Teaching, Winter 1999, Vol. 10, No. 2.
An overview that discusses the value of small groups and methods for using them for instructional purposes.

"Designing Effective Group Activities: Lessons for Classroom Teaching and Faculty Development," Larry K. Michaelson, L. Dee Fink, and Arletta Knight (University of Oklahoma, Instructional Development Program).
Guidelines for designing effective group assignments and activities, including a checklist to evaluate the effectiveness of group assignments.

"Cooperative Learning in Technical Courses: Procedures, Pitfalls, and Payoffs," Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent. ERIC Document ED377038 (1994).
Methods for implementing cooperative learning in courses that stress quantitative problem solving. Contains information useful to anyone wishing to use cooperative learning in teaching.

Doing CL (National Institute for Science Education).
Practical methods for implementing collaborative learning in all disciplines. Includes numerous structures for using CL plus techniques for helping groups work more effectively. This site also has "teaching stories" of successful CL in a wide variety of scientific disciplines and large and small classes.

Collaborative Learning (Brigham Young University Center for Teaching and Learning).
Presents methods for using collaborative learning through a series of video clips that highlight strategies BYU faculty have implemented in their classes.

"Collaborative Versus Cooperative Learning: A Comparison of the Two Concepts Which Will help Us Understand the Underlying Nature of Interactive Learning," Ted Panitz (Cape Cod Community College).
A discussion of the principles underlying small group instructional activities with the goal of explaining the difference between cooperative and collaborative learning.

The Case for Student Centered Instruction via Collaborative Learning Paradigms,” Ted Panitz (Cape Cod Community College).
This article details the multiple benefits of collaborative learning in four major categories: academic, social, psychological, and assessment.

Cooperative Learning Institute And Interaction Book Company (co-directors Roger T. Johnson and David W. Johnson).
This is a multi-faceted nonprofit Institute that maintains a site for an "Introduction to Cooperative Learning" with an overview of the topic, its research base, articles, a newsletter, and practical materials.

Ted Panitz's Cooperative Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum Website (Cape Cod Community College).
A mega-site with numerous links to cooperative/collaborative learning sites on the web. All aspects of cooperative/collaborative/team learning are covered in national and international sites for all educational levels.

Team-Based Learning Collaborative
This site has information for getting started and sustaining team-based learning, including links to an online video demonstration, materials for classes using TBL, examples of successful TBL courses, and other TBL websites, including some medical ones. A rich and informative site for this topic.

American Journal of Medical Quality A short article on a multimedia TeamSTEPPS toolkit developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read to the end of the article for information on how to obtain the toolkit.

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Assessing Team-Based Learning

Teamwork VALUE Rubric

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Michigan State University Resources

Library Collaborative Technology Labs

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Ways to enhance professionalism (in your teaching)

A Perspective article in Journal of Internal Medicine: Addressing the professional behaviors of faculty with professional development and a reward system may enhance the professional environment of medical school graduates. This article also addresses the need for better assessment of student behavior to foster professionalism in clerkship students.

Teaching Medical Professionalism: This is an insightful review of a book devoted to teaching medical professionalism. The theme throughout the book, Teaching Medical Professionalism, is that teaching professionalism requires a team approach. We take care of patients in teams and therefore it is important that every member of the team must be committed to professionalism.

The American Academy of Pediatrics: The AAP has developed 8 key components of professionalism along with an evaluation form. The article showcases a retreat to teach interns professionalism and ethics.

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Teaching Systems Based Practice

Workshops and resources by SCS: Statewide Campus System offers resources on Core Competencies.

Two articles: (linked below) are both about teaching systems based practice through self-directed instructional models. The article from the Academic Medicine journal article is about how the Oregon Health and Science University internal medicine residency program allows a resident to assess a health care system or delivery issue in their third year. The second link is from the Journal of General Internal Medicine and is about a 4-week course that is supported by web-based materials.

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