Missed opportunities (1): making a dent requires rethinking how we construct medical education

“We are training 30 people to become doctors. My focus is on developing content for open educational resources (OER) that we can use to transmit foundational knowledge.”

Training 30 people at a time is not going to make a dent. Cost and scale are related. Quality does not need to diminish against lower cost or higher scale.

OER are obviously about producing knowledge. But who will produce it and how? Is the democratization of learning about producing new resources with conventional modes of production, albeit in an African context in partnership with a U.S. university?

I realize that we understand the “content trap” in very different ways. For me, it is avoided by embracing pedagogical transformation from transmission to knowledge co-construction. The trap is to remain mired in transmissive modes. For some reason, some people cannot see this distinction or its significance.

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