Medicine and Dentistry Technology Enhanced Learning Team Newsletter (July 2014)

By | June 30, 2014

Welcome to our first newsletter!

TEL Team Blog

We have recently launched our team blog; a flexible and manageable online resource that allows us to continue supporting staff and students in making the best use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment.

The site is comprised of:

  • Latest news from the team, interesting articles, experiences
  • Guidance on supported services such as Blackboard and Turningpoint e-Voting
  • Assistance with creating TEL materials
  • Useful ‘how-to’ and training guides for staff and students
  • Equipment for hire
  • Case studies and positive examples of TEL material

We will continually update the site with guides and information, as well as periodically adding reflective and informative posts.

Take a look at some of our latest news:

medincleAungshuk Ghosh TEL Prize

We have awarded the Aungshuk Ghosh TEL Prize to two excellent projects this year: Richard Purcell and NielsLeadholm for their new ‘Medincle’ medical spellchecking software, and Chad Pardoe for his ‘CAPS logbook’ mobile app that is in the final stages of development. Congratulations to the prize winners!

dental_thumbDental School Website

The Dental School has recently unveiled a new section of its website entitled Information for Staff and Students ( This is a dedicated area for key Dental School information.  Areas include teaching facilities, rules and policies, a “how do I?” section, as well as specific sections for both staff and students including information on assessments and patient safety.  Early feedback from users has been very positive; with staff in particular finding it extremely useful to have everything they need in one clear, concise place.  More content from the intranet will be added in due course, and the section will be kept up-to-date with developments to the BDS Programme and Dental School in general.


dental_thumb2EBiolabs for dental skills teaching

After seeing the huge success of eBiolabs in the pre-clinical units of the BDS Programme, the design team have been asked to implement a similar set up for the Dental Skills units that run through Years 2, 3 and 4 of the curriculum.  This spring saw the launch of the Dentistry Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) for Year 2 of the programme, which now has its own Blackboard site dedicated specifically to the unit.  The Dental Skills DLM is designed to prepare students for lab sessions, and maximise their learning, by providing information and resources on the context, processes, and techniques involved.Each lab session has specific aims and objectives, resources and learning materials aimed at preparing students and assessing their understanding with quizzes.Students are able to access their marks through the Progress summary section of the DLM Blackboard course. Year 3 is currently under construction and will launch in September ready for the next academic year.  The project will conclude with the launch of Year 4 shortly before Christmas.


Optical Marking for Medicine OSCEs

At the Medical School we have developed a new flexible optical marking system using Gravic (Remark Office). The new system gives us the flexibility we need for marking OSCE exams- we can now customise the marking sheets to meet our needs. The paper marksheets are created in MS Word or Excel with checkboxes to score the various competences from the OSCE station (or for the answer sheet in the MCQ exams). An optical template is created in Remark office to recognise and read the marks. Once the completed sheets have been returned from the exam, they are scanned, optically read and then saved as an Excel spreadsheet.

The benefits of such a system are;

  • Flexibility, enabling freedom of design in the mark sheets with options of duplex and multiple answer sheets
  • Fast scanning – the administrator can keep feeding the scanner and correct any read errors as they appear
  • Reliable reading which will flag-up missing or multiple marks of the same question.

osce_smallWe can create and print QR (Quick Response) codes on labels for each student. The QR codes contain the student’s name, unique student number and exam location. The students are given a sheet of stickers with their name and QR code on which they stick on each marking sheet. In the scanning phase of the process, the QR codes are optically read and the student’s details are copied into the spreadsheet along with their marks. We also provide a sheet of stickers to the OSCE examiners so that we can identify who marked the sheet.

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