Monday’s In-Class Discussions: Going Forward
A reflection on today’s array of good paper presentations:
- Technologies for clinically relevant physiological measurements in developing countries (Sameer Hirji)
- A web-based laboratory information system to improve quality of care of tuberculosis (Luke Urban)
- Handheld computers for rural healthcare: experiences from research concept to global (Crystal Mao)
- HealthLine: speech-based access to health information by low-literate users (Pennie Cuevas)
- An information system and medical record to support HIV treatment in rural haiti (Clark Freifeld)
- Medical information systems: a foundation for healthcare technologies in developing countries (Bikui Chen)
It’s been great to see that as the semester has progressed, presenters have increasingly engaged fellow students to reflect and discuss on their own project experience in light of the insights gained from the paper being presented. We have observed that this makes for more meaningful in-class discussion as everyone sees with more clarity the relevance of the given paper to their daily struggle with a real-live project, and not as detached facts and figures.
Going forward, we encourage presenters to prepare their in-class discussion less in terms of the author’s point of view, and more in terms of how the insights gained can be readily useful to the 6 other projects being developed by the rest of your classmates. In other words, reflect more how the conclusions can help what you see presented every Wednesday by your peers. With this, you will generate a more engaging in-class discussion and it will be greatly appreciated by your classmates as they go through their milestones.