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Looking back at 2017

It’s been another busy year for us here at the Division of e-Learning Innovation. In 2017, we were excited to share great new e-learning content for both health professionals and the public. Before we take a break for the holidays, we wanted to highlight some of our projects and say thank you to all our partners who made this work possible. 

MentalHealth+
This free online premium literature service provides professionals with access to the latest best-evidence in mental health through Machealth. Pulling citations from over 120 premier clinical journals, every article is reviewed for methodological rigour as well as both clinical relevance and newsworthiness by at least three experts in the field. This customizable service lets users control the quality, and frequency, of the email alerts they receive. MentalHealth+ is partially supported by McMaster's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences 2016 Innovation Award.

In June, Lianna Butler, our hard-working Research Coordinator had the opportunity to present a research poster about the MentalHealth+ platform at the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference in Ottawa.

Play&Learn
Host to expert-reviewed games and activities, Play&Learn allows parents and caregivers to encourage development in important areas such as thinking & learning, social & emotional skills, movement, and language. This great resource provides activities appropriate for children 1.5 – 6 years of age and is designed to be easily accessible to everyone. Many of the activities can be completed in less than fifteen minutes and require little equipment. Play&Learn was made possible with generous support from Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services, McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Presentations and Conferences
Our team had many opportunities to share our research, continuing education courses and new patient resources both locally and nationally this year. In October, I presented at the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto about capacity building strategies delivered through crowdsourced questions and test enhanced learning and the use of structure, taxonomies, and applications used to improve curriculum management in McMaster’s undergraduate medical school. Our poster on test-enhanced learning was also featured in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences Annual Research Day here at McMaster.
Our team also had the opportunity to meet many of you as we shared our work at two of Canada’s largest medical conferences in November, The Family Medicine Forum in Montreal and the OCFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly in Toronto.
 
OMNI Awards 
This year we were proud to have won multiple Omni Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in film/video, web and mobile media for two of our websites. AllergyAware took home two gold Omni awards in the categories of education and health & fitness, and the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner took home bronze awards in the same categories as well.
 
Division of e-Learning Innovation’s Website
Finally, we created a place where you can learn more about our team’s specializations and past projects. If you are interested in learning more about us, or if you have a project that you think we can lend our expertise to, feel free to get in touch.

Of course, none of our work would be possible without the generous support of our funders and our engaged community of healthcare professionals. Thank you all for your interest and we look forward to bringing you great, new e-learning content in 2018. Happy holidays and a happy new year! 

 Butler L, Haynes RB, lorio A, Azzam K, Levinson AJ.  MentalHealth+:  an innovative email and internet service.  Canadian Mental Health Care Conference, Ottawa Ontario, June 2-3, 2017.

 Challenge children with engaging activities that help them learn, grow, and thrive.

 Marketing Specialist, Mike Ayers, at the Family Medicine Forum in Montreal.


Levinson AJ, Payne S, Liu A, Butler L, McConnell M, Monteiro S, Menezes N, Cordovani D, Whyte R, Marr S, Baird J.  Crowdsourcing practice questions and test-enhanced learning:  capacity building strategies and randomized trial.  World Conference on Online Learning Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 16-19, 2017.

 Leverage our expertise in both instructional design and advanced learning technologies to create meaningful health education experiences.