One of the top medical schools in the nation, Sri Ramachandra University,
which was established in the year 1985, is dedicated to excellence
in education, research and patient care. The Deemed University now
consists of 9 Constituent Colleges with over 54 Departments
offers about 96 courses. More than 3,750 students benefit from the
excellent facilities available here..
The University had designed an introductory program to enhance the overall professional development of the medical students. Through a series of lectures and didactic sessions that are complemented the same afternoon by small group sessions/tutorial and demonstrations, the students will be able to acquire the attitudes and skills necessary for effective functioning of a physician - which have traditionally been only acquired as part of a hidden curriculum. In addition, the course provides for a mentoring process in which a small group of students (approximately 6-8) will be in contact with the same facilitator for close to two years of the most crucial period of their education. So, the University approached us to automate the whole process.
During the analysis stage, we took into account the existing system which was carried on in the classrooms. We observed the system thoroughly by keeping in mind the target audience for which the application had to be developed. This helped us to set goals to guide the development process..
We also attended few sessions of PRODEV in order to observe and understand the complexity of the process involved. We also had a detailed discussion with intended users with different levels of domain expertise and computer knowledge. This, in turn, helped to create a very user-friendly application.
During the design stage, we presented to the client, the design
decisions using all possible scenarios. We developed the content
plan outlining what information the site would contain and how well
it would be structured so that any user would easily find it in minimum
number of clicks..
We had conducted multiple evaluations for each intended users, after setting up a target. We evaluated the usability of individual screens in which we identified the issues with design. This helped us to improvise the usability more for wide range of users.
During the Technical design phase, the functionality of the system was addressed along with the user friendliness of the end user and the technicalities to be carried on in the system. This was possible with our expertise in technology combined with the data gathered during the analysis stage.
Improvisations wherever necessary, were made during the usability testing phase; post which integrated testing of the system was carried on. This proved the capability of the system to handle and manage different data and also the performance of the system on simultaneous access by the users.
Finally, after a satisfactory nod from the client, the application was effectively implemented online. Impressed with the performance of the application, SRMU has given us the task of maintaining and managing the database and the application.
Additionally, the system was developed keeping in mind that the students should be given opportunity to learn whenever they find time. In order to bring this asynchronous learning, we keep uploading the modules of the seminars, the intended study materials and also the references including URLs and PDFs. The system also takes care of informing the users well in advance (both faculties and students) through email alerts about the upcoming sessions - schedule of the seminar and the topic of their study.
User's feedback on the session and any comments of the study conducted is made available online and is also reported directly to the Administrator