What is this online journal club?
An online journal club is like a traditional journal club, with the added advantage to you of being able to participate at any time, from anywhere. A weblink to the chosen article will be available ahead of time. At your leisure, you can go to the site from any computer (No login required) and submit your comments, participating in the general discussion. We will be using UBC Blog, a user friendly interface. Once you are registered, we will send you the URL (weblink) of the journal club. Even though no username and password is required, the journal club will be a secured website only visible to journal club members that have been provided the URL; the site cannot be found through search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo Search, etc. Therefore your discussion will be private and will not be seen by anyone outside of the journal club group.
To obtain study credits, you are required to submit two posts/comments per discussion cycle. Each discussion topic and selected article will be available for discussion for a five week period. There will be a short orientation at the beginning where journal club members will have the opportunity to choose the journal articles that will be included in the journal club sessions. There will be a cycle of 5 discussion topics over the year.Please note that you are required to submit at least two posts/comments per session topic to obtain study credits for that topic for a total of up to 12.0 credits.
Do I need any prerequisite computer skills? What are the computer requirements?
Computer skills needed for this course are minimal, and include basic word processing, emailing, and using common web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, etc to search and view web pages. You will need a computer or hand held device that has internet access, and can open .pdf and .avi files. Any tech support you might need will be provided to you.
Who can access and view the journal club discussion?
The interface of the journal club is hosted and maintained by UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). It is a safe environment for your discussion. Even though you can directly open the website without login, the site will be only visible to the journal club members; it cannot be found through search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo Search, etc.
What is my time commitment to the course?
To get maximum benefit from the discussion, we suggest visiting the journal club site approximately twice a week.
Is there a course evaluation that I have to complete?
An evaluation of the journal club will be done at the end of the course, and a shorter ones will be done midway through the series. All evaluations are anonymous and aggregate data will be reviewed for course improvement and possible publication.
What is the cost of the course?
$100.00 per physician and complementary for residents for the course period (non-refundable).