Speakers for 2015

Marc Triola, MD
Marc Triola, MD, FACP is the Associate Dean for Educational Informatics at NYU School of Medicine, the founding director of the NYU Langone Medical Center Institute for Innovations in Medical Education (IIME), and an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Triola's research experience and expertise focuses on the disruptive effects of the present revolution in education, driven by technological advances, big data, and learning analytics. Dr. Triola has worked to create a 'learning ecosystem' that includes inter-connected computer-based e-learning tools and new ways to effectively integrate growing amounts of electronic data in educational research. Dr. Triola and IIME have been funded by the NIH, the IAIMS program, the NSF Advanced Learning Technologies Program, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the AMA ‘Accelerating Change’ program. He chairs numerous committees at the state and national level focused on the future of health professions educational technology development and research. He recently gave a ‘TED Talk’ at TEDMED 2012 and published his first textbook, “Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences”.

IIME is a multidisciplinary team of faculty educators, education scientists, informaticians, and developers who apply the science of education and informatics to transform teaching, learning, and assessment at every level of NYU Langone Medical Center. IIME combines advances in education strategies with new informatics solutions to connect the three missions of NYU Langone — patient care, research, and education — resulting in a research and innovation program that is translational and can provide direct benefits to our patients.   

Rachel Ellaway, Ph.D.
Dr. Rachel Ellaway has dedicated her career to improving medical education. She is both an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Planning at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Dr. Ellaway’s research focuses on the use of technology in medical education, specifically learning platforms and mobile technologies.

Dr. Ellaway will explore concepts of extended mind and the use of technologies as cognitive prostheses, where technologies are not just external tools, but tools used to extend our ability to think and act. In doing so she will explore the implications of extended mind for medical education, and the ways in which technologies are designed and used within it. 

Jeff LeekJeff Leek, Ph.D.

Jeff Leek is associate professor of Biostatistics and Oncology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a co-author of the Simply Statistics blog (http://simplystatistics.org/) and the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Data Science Lab. He co-created the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization which has enrolled almost 2 million students in the past year. Dr. Leek taught an Introduction to Data Analysis MOOC that enrolled over 185,000 students, over 6,000 of which completed the course. His research focuses on the application of statistics to understanding the relationship between genomics and human health. Dr. Leek will discuss learning analytics and what we can learn by studying MOOC learners.