Building a Medical Education
Research Community
Acknowledgement
• Funding: Higher Education Academy Teaching
Development Grant (£6944)
“[I felt] isolated in study – I happened to meet
someone also on the course just as I was losing the
will to continue. Thi...
Students report feeling
isolated in distance learning
and would like to have
more student-student and
student-tutor intera...
Membership of a learning
community, grounds learners in a
social network to which they can
return regardless of location
p...
This project aims to build the
research capacity of our research
students through the formation of
learning communities
Benefits
• improve the overall quality of research
outputs during the Masters
• enhance the overall student experience
• i...
Monthly synchronous webinars
- Student selected topics
- Active discussion & interaction
Website with up to date resources...
9 educational
research
seminars
70 plays
Publications
with
Masters
students
Including links
to article
Webinars
• Monthly webinars commenced in Feb with 4
hosted so far
• 1 of those led by a student with 2 more planned
in Jun...
Challenges
• Server and website
• Time zones
• Difficulty logging in
• Lack of microphone
access makes
discussion stilted
...
Contacts
Rola Ajjawi
r.ajjawi@dundee.ac.uk
@r_ajjawi
@CME_Dundee
University of Dundee CME
https://vimeo.com/user14447584
w...
References
Wheeler S et al (2008). The good, the
bad and the wiki: Evaluating student-
generated content for collaborative...
Questions &
suggestions
welcomed
Building medical education research community hea event 29052013
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This is an update on the progress of the project based on a HEA dissemination event in May 2013

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  • Building medical education research community hea event 29052013

    1. 1. Building a Medical Education Research Community
    2. 2. Acknowledgement • Funding: Higher Education Academy Teaching Development Grant (£6944)
    3. 3. “[I felt] isolated in study – I happened to meet someone also on the course just as I was losing the will to continue. This helped as he had similar difficulties and together encouraged each other” [ECE, 2010/11] “I felt isolated never meeting and discussing course with peers” [ECE, 2009/10] “More interaction either with other students or tutors. I completed this in isolation. motivation got harder and harder.”
    4. 4. Students report feeling isolated in distance learning and would like to have more student-student and student-tutor interaction
    5. 5. Membership of a learning community, grounds learners in a social network to which they can return regardless of location providing opportunities to create sound knowledge syntheses (Wheeler et al 2008) Structured learning communities can lead to better student engagement, improved self- reported outcomes and overall satisfaction (Zhao and Kuh 2004)
    6. 6. This project aims to build the research capacity of our research students through the formation of learning communities
    7. 7. Benefits • improve the overall quality of research outputs during the Masters • enhance the overall student experience • increase student engagement with peers and education • reduce feelings of isolation and reliance on supervisor • develop social networks of medical education researchers who share resources and support each other
    8. 8. Monthly synchronous webinars - Student selected topics - Active discussion & interaction Website with up to date resources & other students work Ability to link to student blogs Live twitter feed @r_ajjawi @CME_Dundee Ability to connect to others Vimeo channel CME Dundee https://vimeo.com/user14447584
    9. 9. 9 educational research seminars 70 plays
    10. 10. Publications with Masters students Including links to article
    11. 11. Webinars • Monthly webinars commenced in Feb with 4 hosted so far • 1 of those led by a student with 2 more planned in June and August “Your observation is correct. I have had an isolated journey since I started with Introduction to Medical Education up to the Research Project level currently. I believe this will help me complete my current project urgently”
    12. 12. Challenges • Server and website • Time zones • Difficulty logging in • Lack of microphone access makes discussion stilted • Changing culture and building critical mass
    13. 13. Contacts Rola Ajjawi r.ajjawi@dundee.ac.uk @r_ajjawi @CME_Dundee University of Dundee CME https://vimeo.com/user14447584 www.blogs.cmdn.dundee.ac.uk/meded-research
    14. 14. References Wheeler S et al (2008). The good, the bad and the wiki: Evaluating student- generated content for collaborative learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39(6), 987-995. Zhao CM & Kuh GD (2004). Adding value: Learning communities and student engagement. Research in Higher Education, 45(2), 115-138.
    15. 15. Questions & suggestions welcomed

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