The Center for Transformation and Innovation (CTI), a leadership development provider, announced the launch of eCTI, a new app for mobile devices, on Monday, Jan. 23.
Features of the coach-assisted learning app include real-time coaching with medical professionals and team collaboration, a discussion forum and confidential journals, according to CTI.
While these features allow for connections between coaches and students who may not be together, the UConn School of Medicine relies more on face-to-face meetings, Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs at UConn School of Medicine David Henderson, M.D., said.
“(The UConn School of Medicine) format is fairly traditional,” said Henderson. “Our campus is small and there is both time and space for students to engage each other. Therefore, I am not sure (the eCTI app) aligns well with our current structure.”
Henderson, however, said that he does believe the eCTI app will be beneficial in situations where a faculty coach and student are in different locations.
“I have had experience with an online mentoring program that brought together students and faculty from around the country,” Henderson said. “Being online was an efficient and convenient way to facilitate communication.”
CTI hopes the app will help pave the way for the future of digital learning, according to a CTI press release.
“As learning and coaching become increasingly more digital, eCTI is primed to become the largest player using technology in thought leadership, training and development, coaching and consulting,” the CTI press release said.
CTI Chief Operating Officer Rana Kasti said in the press release that with the current state of advancements in technology, professionals want to be connected all the time, so CTI developed an app to allow participants to enhance their experience in real time.
“Accessibility is of the essence here,” Kasti said.
Ashley Anglisano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.