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Conference Chairs:

Kevin Harrigan
University of Waterloo

Michael Clarke
University of Ottawa

2006 Conference Committee

Past Conferences:

2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Design and Implementation of Technology Enabled Health and Medical Science Education

University of Ottawa, Canada

August 8th, 2006

Call for Posters

This pre-conference event is organized by the Centre for e-Curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine, the Centre for e-Learning and the Centre for University Teaching at the University of Ottawa.

We invite educators involved with health and medical sciences education at all levels who use or are interested in integrating eLearning into their programs, including faculty members, instructional designers, faculty development officers, and curriculum administrators.   We will be accepting proposals for poster presentations, either as electronic demonstrations or paper-based, that will take place at the end of our pre-conference day following our keynote presentations and discussions.  The emphasis will be on the pedagogy and educational value of technology-enabled health and medical sciences teaching and learning.

Pre-Conference Theme:

The theme of this pre-conference event is aligned with the principle theme of the MERLOT conference itself – “Working with and Learning from the World’s Best” -though highlighted through the examination of three distinct perspectives:

  • Innovative practices and uses of technologies in teaching health sciences and medicine in first year programs
  • Challenges faced and choices to make in the implementation of a medical or health science programs aimed at minority populations.
  • Distance training and professional development

Participants will have the entire day to engage with seven well-known researchers and practitioners of e-learning within the health sciences and medical fields:

  • Dr. Gordon Wallace, Director of Education, Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
  • Dr. Douglas MacLeod, Associate Director of  the Program for Research & Knowledge Mobilization, Canadian Council on Learning
  • Dr Michael Clarke, PhD. Professor, Director, eCurriculum, Faculty of Medicine University d’ Ottawa
  • Dr. David Topps, Director of eCurriculum, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jean Roy, Directeur des Affaires francophones en médecine, Centre national de la formation en santé (CNFS)
  • JoAnne Paradis, Directrice des opérations, CNFS volet Université d’Ottawa
  • Jocelyne Lalonde, Directrice du secrétariat national, CNFS

The seven conference participants will present their work and facilitate in round table discussions with participants. Sharing different perspectives will allow those in attendance to learn about best practices, technological innovations and research in a variety of subjects within medical and health sciences and within technology enabled teaching and learning and distant learning. 

A key element of this day will be the poster session / demonstration which will close this day-long pre-conference event.

This pre-conference session will be of interest to those who work in the area of health and medical sciences, particularly:

  • Program instructors
  • Trainers and pedagogical consultants
  • Instructional designers and program developers
  • Administrators and program manager

Presentation format and demonstrations:

Research results, experiment summaries, reports or innovative programs and practices are best shared by displaying them visually or in point form in poster sessions and demonstrations.

Each poster presenter or demonstrator should provide all information necessary for a full comprehension of the problem presented or proposed practice. It is essential that poster presenters and demonstrators be present throughout the session in order to respond to questions of those attending the session.

Submission directives :

  • Personal information
    • Name of principle author, title/position, name of institution
    • Coordinates of principle author (telephone number, email)
    • Name of co-authors, title/position, name of institution
  • Title of poster/demonstration
  • List three key words that define theme of poster/demonstration
  • Pertinence of poster/demonstration to the pre-conference theme.
  • Abstract of poster / demonstration contents (200 word maximum. Abstracts will be included in the program).
  • Language of poster/demonstration
    • French
    • English
    • Both
  • Technical requirements (Internet connection, etc.)

***Typical Poster Board is 22” wide by 28” long***

Proposals will be evaluated by the selection committee guided by the following criteria:

  • Clarity and coherence of the proposal
  • Pertinence to the area or theme of pre-conference
  • Contribution to knowledge base or innovative practice in the area health science or medical education

Deadline : April 30, 2006

You must submit your proposal by completing the form found at:

Or you can mail you proposal on a CDROM, accompanied by a paper copy, to the following address:

Centre for e-Learning

C/O: André Séguin

120 University (501)

Ottawa, Ontario

K1N 6N5




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