Teaching and Learning Resources

There are a wide variety of teaching and learning resources available for staff at Otago Medical School. Come back regularly to check out what’s new!

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AMEE SIME Webinar: Making the implicit explicit: Theories informing simulation-based education – Part 1

Online Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 14:00 BST (British Summer Time)

FREE AMEE SIME Webinar on:
Making the implicit explicit: Theories informing simulation-based education – Part 1
Debra Nestel, Gabriel Reedy & Peter Dieckmann from the AMEE Simulation Committee (SIME) will be presenting the first of a two part webinar series on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 14:00 BST (British Summer Time)

“The aim of this webinar is To examine the value of different theoretical perspectives on simulation design and application and to broaden our understanding about the educational foundations that support simulation as a robust educational methodology.”

Theories inform educational practices in different ways. In these two webinars we will share our experiences with different theories in simulation-based education. We will present our notion of theory as a framework of ideas that are derived from, and resonate with educators’ worldviews.

Who Should Attend:
The sessions address educators, who are interested in creating learning opportunities for their students that reach beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes.

Visit The Medschool Staff support page (login required) for details about logging in to the session.

Ottawa 2018 – ICME 2018 Call for Abstracts

Monday, 31 July 2017

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

The 18th Ottawa Conference and the ICME 2018 Conference will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 10-14 March 2018.

A range of important exciting topics in healthcare professions education and assessment will be addressed. Covering undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.

The theme for Ottawa 2018 is ‘Authentic Assessment across the Continuum of Health Professions Education’ and the theme for ICME 2018 is ‘Reforming Health Professions Education for Patient Safety’

The Conference provides the opportunity to focus follow the Ottawa assessment stream, or to look more generally at education in the healthcare professions by following the ICME stream. All participants will have the opportunity through one joint registration to attend sessions in either stream depending on their interests and needs.

Abstracts and conference workshops can be submitted on two streams, Ottawa stream for assessment related topics and ICME stream on all other topics of Health Profession Education.

Further details including submission themes, submission guidelines and templates can be found on the abstracts page of the website http://ottawa-icme2018.com.

Deadline for submissions: The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017.

Teaching and Learning Resources

The Health Sciences Style Guide

When you’re preparing documents, are you sometimes stymied about how you should present abbreviations, where you should capitalise and hyphenate and apostrophise and the rest? Are there words that frequently trip you and others up? The Health Sciences Style Guide is a useful reference tool to help you maintain consistency both within your documents and with other Divisional material, in print or online.

Reviewing student’s study techniques

Students use a wide variety of approaches when studying, often influenced by how we organise our teaching. Some approaches have been found to be more effective than others. Dunlosky and colleagues reviewed ten common, and not so common, study approaches.

Their findings suggest that most common approaches are not very effective but a few are. These include Practice Testing, Distributed Practice and Interleaved Practice

A precis of the paper is provided as well as a link to the original.


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What message do we give to our students when we communicate with them in writing?

Much emphasis is placed on creating a safe and supportive clinical environment for our patients. The learning environment has similar importance for our students. For both groups the environment can have a positive or negative effect. In face to face meetings it is easy to pick up the nuances of communications but it is much harder with written communication. This brief paper looks at some of the challenges and impact of written communication.

Useful assessment information

Ensuring our assessments are fit for purpose is an important part of the teacher/convenor role. Here are some links to useful guidelines. You can also meet with your Education Adviser to explore assessment options.

Otago’s Guidelines for the Assessment of Student Performance.

HEDC Principles of Assessment

Sometimes things go wrong and you need to check out the Student Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Programme of Assessment Policies and Procedures

The definitive document for assessment in the MB ChB is the Programme of Assessment Policies and Procedures. This document is updated annually.

Fiona Hyland is the MBChB Assessment manager and Dr Dr John Egbuji is the Assessment Programme Convenor for ELM.

ALM internal (module) assessments are administered through the module convenors.

NBME tutorial on MCQ writing

A tutorial package developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners in the US to help staff improve their mcq writing skills

Evaluation of Teaching by HEDC

Since the evaluation of your teaching is a major feature of the confirmation and progression system you need to organise your own surveys through HEDC.

Resources for Convenors

Convenor governance and evaluation guidelines

The roles and responsibilities of a convenor can be complex. The Module Convenors Guidelines on Governance and Effective Module Evaluation will be helpful in setting you on the right track.

Resources for Clinical Teachers

Induction for New Staff at UOC

From the guide:

This handbook is primarily intended as a guide for newly appointed teaching staff and provides a brief overview of the undergraduate medical degree (MB ChB) that is offered by the Otago Medical School. The information in this handbook will be useful for those who are teaching and for staff who support the teaching of Otago students.

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