We were delighted to welcome over 100 delegates to the Faculty Teaching and Learning Conference held on November 19th. Highlights of the conference included Professor John Bligh, Dean of Cardiff Medical School, discussing the joys and challenges of curriculum change and three very well-received workshops permitting delegates to investigate a particular pedagogical issue in more depth.
Natalie Lafferty, Director of Technology, Learning and Innovation, Dundee Medical School, led a workshop with local collaborators on use of Free Online Access to Medical Education and use of Twitter – including enabling many to send their first Tweet; Sheena Warman of the Vet School led a popular session on feedback as dialogue and Sarah Allsop and Liz Gaze from Anatomy showed participants how to engage large groups in interactive activities using quizzes, games and e-Voting.
Short presentations, ‘show and tell’ sessions and posters highlighted innovative approaches and resources created by staff and students alike. These ranged from an App giving access to 300+ patients discussing their cases, to a live link to the mortuary where delegates were treated to an autopsy on a melon, to a performance from the Vets on the use of stuffed toy animals to provide simulation – the most painful was watching the lamb being ‘born’ from a plastic box!
There seems to be a great appetite for sharing innovative teaching practice and finding out what is happening elsewhere as well as honing educational skills. We plan to build on this by running one off-events and workshops and hope to publish the conference proceedings in due course.
We would welcome any suggestions for events, seminars or workshops.
Jane Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tricia Thorpe, email@example.com
Teaching and Learning Innovation Group