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Medical Education
Technology Enhanced Education

Educator's Toolkit

As educators, we need to constantly keep up in many unique areas. First and foremost, we need to become experts in our discipline. Then we need to become experts in the art and science of teaching and learning. The 21st Century has brought an explosion of technology that raises the question: 

Do you effectively use technology to enhance teaching?

New technologies present themselves everyday. For many educators, this is a major challenge because understanding them is outside the realm of their professional trainingEach of us needs to have a technology toolkit that guides us on what to use and when. This framework is intended as a benchmark for you to compare your current use of technology with other essential tools you may not be using yet. Our goal is to to share best practices for educators across UCSF and beyond.

9 Essential Tools & Strategies for Educators


For more in-depth knowledge on how to use these technologies, visit the other sections in this Educators Toolkit.

Best Practice
Tools / Resources
Find what you need
Search effectively to find useful tools, query image libraries, tutorials, & resources
Create content
Use industry standard tools and strategies to create slides, images, charts, videos, visual data, and more.
Use simple tools to create quizzes, surveys, and polls.
Collect real time feedback
To easily use tools to get feedback during your live sessions in lectures, small groups, clinics or online.
  • Choice 
  • Quiz
Boost engagement
To involve and engage your learners efficiently and effectively.
traditional methods:
  • breakout groups
  • student pairing
  • asking questions
Connect learners across locations 
To bridge the physical distance between students and ed ucators for lectures, clinical case check-ins, professional groups across schools, mentoring sessions, office hours and more.
Zoom live video conferencing
  • Remote instructors
  • Office office hours
  • Team meetings
  • Virtual visits to locations
CLE (LMS): Asychronous
  • Forum
  • Database
  • Glossary
  • Choice (poll)
  • Workshop
Deliver content 
To easily deliver your learning content, videos, quizzes, and materials.
Leverage core UCSF technologies
To share documents and collaborate securely.
Box (including SecureBox)
Wiki (for collaboration)
Leverage free tools and tutorials
To allow for many people to collaborate when not everyone has access to the same costly commercial software.
There are many tutorials available you can use. Search on YouTube for whole libraries of tutorials.
Google Docs (word doc authoring)
Doodle poll: time management
Tutorials & Training:
  • TEE Educator's Toolkit
  • (free access in library Tech Commons)