The Michener Institute of Education of UHN's Learning, Innovation and Research portfolio at the St. Patrick Campus works to support continuous learning, seeking to close the gap between theory and practice, and to anticipate and respond to change in health care and education. The portfolio is comprised of four departments: Applied Educational Research (AER), the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation (CLIS), the Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education (CASE), Strategic Partnerships and Procurement and the
Michener Simulated Participant Program.
Our commitment to innovative programming and curriculum design and evaluation allows us to face these challenges head-on. Increasingly, that means using practice-based learning and simulation. At its core, simulation lets students experience realistic patient scenarios and practice responding to them, something that a traditional curriculum doesn't allow. Through direct observation from instructors and peers, learners are given immediate feedback and opportunities to practice and repeat activities, which gives them the chance to build their confidence in a low-stakes environment. Practicing key skills in a supportive learning environment encourages recall when you're in the moment.
Through CASE and CLIS, The Michener Institute of Education of UHN works with health care leads and faculty on all aspects of curriculum design, from research and needs analysis all the way to device procurement. Collaborating in this way to create simulations has taught The Michener Institute of Education of UHN to plan forward for disruptive technologies. Simulation-based learning is changing the way we think about professional development.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Learning, Innovation and Research, Applied Educational Research (AER) collects, analyzes, and interprets data to support internal stakeholders with planning, decision-making, and continuous quality improvement. Applied Educational Research also provides consultative support to faculty and staff at the School of Applied Health Sciences who are engaged in scholarship of inquiry. Some of AER's primary functions related to these include:
The mission of Applied Educational Research is to provide timely, accurate, and value-added data, analysis, and information to members of The Michener Institute of Education of UHN community in order to support evidence-based decision-making and scholarship of inquiry.
Applied Educational Research (AER) endeavours to advance a culture of scholarly inquiry by integrating collaboratively with its partners The Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation (CLIS) and The Centre for Advancement in Simulation and Education (CASE).
AER is committed to assisting faculty and staff with their scholarly endeavours. We provide integrated consultation services in collaboration with CLIS and CASE on scholarly activity, research ethics, and course evaluation. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact Applied Educational Research with their project questions.
Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation (CLIS) has a mandate to support the vision and direction of the academic area at the School of Applied Health Sciences. The CLIS instructional designers, learning specialists and support staff function primarily to work with stakeholders towards the development and delivery of effective curriculum in an optimal student environment in order to maximize student learning. CLIS coordinates the curriculum development, faculty development and organizational development related to the interprofessional collaboration and education initiatives (IPC and IPE) at the School of Applied Health Sciences, and provides expertise on competency-based, simulation-enhanced curriculum design and evaluation.
To this end, CLIS:
This department supports the School of Applied Health Sciences' full-time programs and Continuing Education programs by establishing partnerships with medical equipment manufacturers/suppliers, building alliances with clinical partners and other academic organizations, facilitating the procurement of major capital equipment, and providing expertise and support for the comprehensive program review process at the School of Applied Health Sciences.
The activities of this department have expanded in scope and volume with Michener's integration with UHN. However, the primary focus remains in the following three areas:
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