Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK) is a web-based curriculum database and knowledge management system providing a wide array of tools for communicating, teaching, and learning. Users have access to a full complement of curricular material from the health sciences schools and various interactive features. The TUSK homepage is customized for each user. Students can have their own “My Groups” area to share documents and collaborate with group members.
TUSK is available at tusk.tufts.edu and users can generally login with their Universal Tufts Login Name (UTLN) and email password. Announcements, class schedules, discussion boards, flash cards, patient logs and select content can be accessed by most mobile devices. For more information on any of TUSK's features or to request a TUSK training session, please email TUSK support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Flash Cards tool allows you to easily test yourself on image slides. Add slides to a “deck” along with options to enter your own questions and answers for self-assessment. When you test yourself, the slide images will be displayed in random order. TUSK on Mobile Devices
View TUSK at home, school or on the go! TUSK can be accessed via mobile devices cell phones and smart phones with Wi-Fi access. Most course material is available, as long as the content type is supported on your device this includes PDF, Word, HTML, images, and movies. Announcements, flash cards, patient logs and class schedules can also be viewed. (Flash content is currently unsupported.)
Subscribe to a class schedule in TUSK using the desired calendar application on your computer. Calendar will update automatically as the schedule changes. Furthermore, sync the calendar schedule with your mobile device. For more information on subscribing to class schedules go to http://help.tusk.tufts.edu/doku.php?id=tusk_current:subscribing_to_schedule_synching_and_downloading_schedule_to_mobile_device
For instructions on saving/submitting course evaluations, go to http://tusk.tufts.edu/view/content/H1185C/580566/769130/849484
For instructions on managing Personal Folders with annotations, go to http://tusk.tufts.edu/view/content/H1185C/580566/769130/781975
For instructions on adding Notes to content, go to http://tusk.tufts.edu/view/content/H1185C/580566/769130/770504
The Case feature is sometimes referred to as the virtual patient. It is an interactive journey beginning at a patients history and chief complaint, through multiple phases, which may include physical exam and differential diagnosis, and ending at diagnosis, treatment and/or SOAP, depending on the authors objectives. This tool allows the student to view questions asked of the patient and their answers, take quizzes, perform diagnostic tests, rank, select, or type in possible diagnoses, etc. Movies and images contained in these cases enhance the experience. Once a Graded or Reviewed case is submitted, it can no longer be accessed by the student. All entries are saved in a report for faculty to view. TUSK immediately emails a receipt to the student confirming completion. Self-Assessment cases can be accessed indefinitely and not graded.
The My Groups feature in TUSK allows students a place of their own to upload and share documents, create discussion boards, send group members email and announcements, and use various other TUSK tools to share information and knowledge. If you would like to have a group created for you, please email.
There are three types of online quizzes: (1) Graded quiz - can be taken only once and is graded. (2) Feedback quiz - can be taken only once, is graded, and students receive answers and any feedback provided by instructor upon submission of quiz. (3)Self-assessment quiz - is not graded and can be taken an unlimited number of times for study purposes.
Important things to keep in mind about TIMED quizzes:
A View Grade link shows on the TUSK homepage if a course grade is posted by your instructor. Grades are completely secure and can only be seen by you when logged in to TUSK. Therefore, be sure to logout of TUSK at the end of each session.
The TUSK Toolkit shows on the left side of all content pages. With its Previous, Up, and Next buttons, it is not only your navigator for viewing course materials, but contains the Keywords, UMLS Concepts, and Objectives of the content. The toolkit can be used to take notes on the current document, lecture slide or collection, save content to your personal folders, and print course materials. Additionally, the Image Zoom feature can be used to view alternative image sizes.
Student Homepage Features