April 4, 2019
Instructional Design, Active Learning Office Suite
“The Active Learning Team welcomes you. We are here to help.” This whiteboard message greets all faculty who walk in to the active learning office suite, and Ulano says his partnership with instructional designer Karina Lopez, M.A., M.S.,
lived up to the promise. She made sure the session tracked with goals for the Neural Science course and gave him guidance on material selection. The Six-Step Active Learning Design Process the College created makes it easier for experiences to be replicated across
“She found book chapters that were relevant to the session and had a reading list for the students all prepared,” he says. “I put the PowerPoint slides together, and Karina made sure that the content was
appropriate and was related to the objectives of the session.”
In consultation with Neural Science Course Director Deepak Gupta, M.D., Lopez and Ulano landed on case-based learning as the best modality for the neural imaging session.
This meant identifying clinical cases that would be level-appropriate for first-year students. Lopez put together a timeline that made everything come together at the right time, important for a faculty member who spends the bulk of his days engaged
in patient care.
“She was flexible and accessible, which was so helpful,” says Ulano.