The Office for Health Sciences Education, Educator Development Core and the Academy for Excellence in Teaching



Mary Ann Nichols 
Vanderbilt University


Tuesday September 10, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT

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  214 Light Hall


Medical Education Grand Rounds    

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Digital Learning at Vanderbilt"


Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL)

Associate Professor, Computer Science
Associate Professor, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

The Institute's director, Doug Fisher, will talk about VIDL's on-campus education, research, and outreach missions, to include its oversight of Vanderbilt's Cousera-hosted massive, open, online courses (MOOCs). Dr. Fisher will also talk about his own experience flipping the classroom using MOOCs from others, as well as describing possible futures in higher education as a result of the continuing digital revolution.

Due to institution-wide cost cutting efforts, we can no longer provide a boxed lunch with your registration. Please bring a brown bag lunch and attend this month's presentation with Dr. Fisher.

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About Dr. Fisher:

Fisher is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of digital learning and is seen as a thought leader on the concept of “flipped classrooms,” in which students learn core material outside of the classroom through video and other digital tools and spend classroom time on collaboration and discussion with one another and with the instructor.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be leading the institute, and I’m thankful to be an educator in what is very probably a time of great transformation,” Fisher said. “The institute represents a commitment by Vanderbilt to understand the changes that are coming, to anticipate them as best we can, and to design for change – most notably for the benefit of our students, as well as opening new areas of research, in education, in ‘big data’ and other areas that we still aren’t sure about.

Fisher’s research focuses on artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning, computational models of creativity and applications in environmental sustainability. Fisher joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1987 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Fisher also served as a program director at the National Science Foundation from 2007 to 2010, receiving the Director’s Award of Excellence for Program Management in 2010.

CME Credit:
Sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Office for Health Sciences Education, Educator Development Core and  the Academy for Excellence in Teaching

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.Vanderbilt School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity.  Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.