A UNIQUE APPROACH TO MEDICAL EDUCATION

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Rigorous curriculum – Innovative delivery

Oceania University of Medicine blends traditional face-to-face learning, online curriculum materials, and real-time interactive virtual classrooms, to deliver its curriculum.  The delivery methods and curriculum content are constantly monitored by medical scholars from Australia, North America and Samoa. Moodle and Zoom applications are used to deliver the curriculum, and the Respondus Monitor software monitors all testing.

The Virtual Classroom

Zoom provides real-time online learning and student-teacher interaction in a live classroom environment. Students may “raise their hands” to ask questions, answer instructor questions using a polling system, take notes, and carry on a group discussion. Lectures are recorded for study review and future reference.

Moodle: OUM’s Learning Management System

The school’s primary curriculum delivery vehicle is an established web-based education software/course content program called Moodle (www.moodle.org). OUM has tailored Moodle to maximize efficiency and function as a teaching tool, while remaining user-friendly for students.

EXAM PROCTORING AT OUM

Respondus Monitor is the software that monitors all testing at OUM. This downloadable software utilizes a test taker’s existing computer hardware, including webcam, speaker, and microphone to provide a secure test-taking environment from any location. Respondus Monitor locks the student’s browser and desktop and disables everything on a user’s device other than the assessment being completed to preserve exam integrity.

Online Textbooks

OUM uses ClinicalKey for its online textbooks. ClinicalKey provides online access to more than 500 Elsevier journals, 900 books, and 9,000 medical and procedural videos.

Technology Requirements for Students

The University requires that students have access to a computer that has high-speed Internet connectivity, is reliable, functioning, free from viruses, and is Java-enabled. Students should always have a back-up plan in case their computer experiences problems and/or is no longer in working order.

The following are requirements for students’ computers:

  • Broadband internet connection with an upload speed of 200 kbps or more

  • Running the latest version of Java 8

  • For Mac, running the latest version of Flash and QuickTime

  • Webcam, microphone and speakers

The following are recommendations for students’ computers:

  • Less than two years old

  • PC: Windows Vista 7, 8 or 10, with at least 4GB RAM

  • For Mac, OSX 10.12 or later, with at least 4GB RAM

  • Running the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari web browsers

  • An up-to-date anti-virus program