Become a student technology ambassador at Bristol Medical School

By | April 22, 2015

Would you like to help shape the use of technology in your teaching and learning of medicine at Bristol? We would like to invite our Bristol medical students to be a student technology ambassador, help peers and teachers to use technology effectively and develop a technology in learning network, set up by the Faculty e-learning team.

See below for further information about what is involved and projects you could participate in. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any aspect further. (j.williams@bristol.ac.uk). If you would like to be part of the network, please let us know by Friday 1st May 2015.

What is the technology in learning network?

We would like to create a network of students working in partnership with staff on technology related projects and working with academic staff to develop teaching and educational research across all five years.

We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about the use of technology in medical education. You don’t necessarily need to be a technical whizz; your experience, enthusiasm and ideas are just as important. We have lots of experience in working with students on exciting projects that have made a real difference to the medical programme (e.g, student developed e-learning materials, social media and e-professionalism)

What’s in it for us?

We want to build on our current successes and create a more formal network that will help foster and encourage students to be Agents of Change. You will help us understand what works well and not so well in your own experiences of using technology to support your learning, along with identifying areas where technology can add a real benefit. You would also help teachers who are not so confident in using technology and work with them to explore new opportunities and provide AV support. In addition, we will invite you to explore new and emerging technologies with us to evaluate how useful they would be for you and your peers. To give you more of an idea there is a list of ideas at the end of this email.

What’s in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to play a role in how technology is used in teaching and learning medicine at Bristol. We would invite you to attend an event in the summer term where you can find out a lot more about the initiative and explore further what is involved before committing. We would provide training and support for those of you interested in working with your teachers and academics to use technology. Students that we have worked with are successful at presenting papers and posters at national conferences (e.g. Association for the Study of Medical Education), win many prizes and publish papers – all good things to add to your Porfolio. We will explore with you the area of recognition for your involvement as the network develops.

How do I get involved?

Our plans are still at an early stage because we want to work with you to shape them and their direction. If you would like to part of the network then please send me an email by Friday May 1st that includes why you are interested in getting involved and what you could bring to the network. We’ll then arrange a meeting for you and your peers for some time in May.

Anticipated scope

The following are areas that as Student Technology Ambassadors you could get involved with:

  • Act as a technology advocate and ambassador for technology in learning on campus and the clinical academies
  • Provide teacher support for using technology e.g. eVoting, lecture capture, gaming, providing general AV support
  • Provide feedback on the use of technologies e.g. Lecture capture, eVoting, Blackboard & Blackboard Mobile, Eduroam wireless access (Clinical Academies), development of the UMeP, etc
  • Support the use of mobile devices and digital resources in your learning, studying and everyday life
  • Develop online learning materials (e-tutorials, virtual patients), Apps, etc
  • Advise on appropriate TEL resources
  • Engage with staff to develop and support new technology enhanced learning initiatives and resources
    • e-professionalism and use of social media
    • Further develop the use of e-Voting
    • Further develop lecture capture and use of media rich resources in years 1 and 2
  • Inform and work with the eLearning teams to resolve any IT issues

If you would like to be part of the network, please contact j.williams@bristol.ac.uk by Friday 1st May 2015.

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