Satisfying Program-Level Outcomes by Integrating Primary Literature into the Online Classroom

J Nucl Med Technol. 2021 Jun;49(2):170-174. doi: 10.2967/jnmt.120.261750. Epub 2021 Jan 22.


Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a paradigm shift from traditional classroom instruction to remote online modalities. To provide the most current and relevant information on nuclear medicine technology to students without access to traditional resources on a college campus, it has become imperative that primary literature within the field be made readily accessible. Nuclear medicine technology students at Bronx Community College are being taught to use the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology as the basis for their required presentations, which span the curriculum. Guided by instructors who are armed with a rubric ultimately used as a formative assessment tool, the students are required to explore current articles from the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology and ultimately present their findings to their cohort. By design, this article-share project has successfully been implemented as a principal metric in satisfying the program accreditation requirements of the Joint Review Committee on Nuclear Medicine Technology while also being conducive to increasing oral presentation skills and cohort socialization.

Keywords: distance learning; formative assessment; online; primary literature; program outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Distance / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Feedback
  • Humans
  • Nuclear Medicine / education*
  • Universities