Prestigious USC Award for Dr Sajjad Yacoob

Sajjad Yacoob, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, was awarded the Provost's Prize for Teaching With Technology at the Sixth Annual Teaching With Technology Conference   at the Davidson Continuing Education Center, USC.

Yacoob, who also serves as the Keck School’s assistant dean of student affairs, was recognized for his work employing technology to enhance clinical reasoning.

Since 1997, Yacoob has accumulated a multimedia archive of more than 1,000 case studies and lectures, incorporating digital images, as well as video and audio clips. His archive is based on patients treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and has been used to help train more than 3,000 Keck School students to generate differential diagnoses in real-world scenarios. This archive has been utilized as the foundation for multimedia-based small-group mentoring sessions and large-group lectures.

Yacoob also played a key role in the development of CHLA’s electronic medical records system, helping to design a curriculum around it that addresses issues of quality, safety ethics and professionalism. Yacoob travels frequently as a consultant to medical centers in the United States and abroad.

USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Elizabeth Garrett presented the awards, says Kevin Durkin, in his report highlighting the event.

“Technology has become a key component of our efforts to ensure that USC students engage with a challenging, multifaceted curriculum that encourages intellectual inquiry, reflection and scholarship with consequence,” Garrett said.

The theme for this year’s Teaching With Technology conference was “Where Is Learning?” Participants explored how technologies can foster meaningful collaboration and student engagement in a range of teaching modalities, from traditional classroom settings to entirely web-based courses. Highlights included a keynote address by Tracy Fullerton, associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) and director of USC’s Game Innovation Lab. Fullerton’s presentation focused on “Reality Ends Here,” an experiential game that employs social learning challenges for the school’s incoming students.

Susan Metros, associate chief information officer for Technology-Enhanced Learning and associate vice provost for USC Information Technology Services, was on hand to congratulate the winners.

“As events like this one make clear, information technology has become increasingly central to an ongoing interdisciplinary dialogue in higher education,” Metros said.

More than 180 faculty, staff and students from 26 USC schools and departments attended this year’s conference.

The Teaching With Technology conference began in 2007 as a forum for USC faculty to share how the innovative use of technology enhances their teaching with colleagues from across the university. It was sponsored by the Information Technology Services’ Technology-Enhanced Learning Center for Scholarly Technology and Learning Environments, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and the USC Libraries.

Sajjad Yacoob is the son of Mr Mohammad Yacoob who made his mark as an engineer in the US and is well-known in the community for his multifarious contributions.


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