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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
  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 @CME_Dundee University of Dundee CME
  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