Prof. Abdelmoniem S. Elmardi
Al-Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
PURPOSE: This paper reports the experience of the author in integrating MOOCs as part of the online component of the implemented medical school’s curriculum.
DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: The research is an action research applying an intervention and reporting its effect. The author used a model that he developed through his life experience in integrating e-learning in a medical school’s curriculum. The paper describes the approach used to search for, identify and select the MOOCs that are appropriate for integration into the curriculum. The paper also describes the preparations and measures applied to ensure stakeholders’ engagement in the process in a way that guarantees buy-in and commitment to use the virtual learning environment. The effect of the planned and structured gradual integration of MOOCs into the curriculum is also reported.
FINDINGS: The effect of the orientation and training parts of the model in dealing with the change angst of the faculty was positive, despite the presence of some expected resistance. Some reluctance on the part of faculty was also observed. Overall, using the model was found to be effective, and the integration of MOOCS was found to be beneficial.
ORIGINALITY/VALUE: Although the application of change management models, and the use of online resources, were both reported in the literature, the application of the reporter model and the utilization of MOOCS in medical education are both original and valuable.
KEYWORDS: E-learning, Virtual Learning Environment, MOOCs, Medical Education, Educational Technology.