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It’s been another year packed with tips, tools and tricks for eCoffee@SGH. We’ve been inspired by colleagues across Medicine and Health Sciences, sharing valuable ways technology is being used to enhance education and working practice. Colleagues from Digital Learning have also led a number of sessions, inviting discussion on how particular tools and techniques might be used in healthcare education.

Find out more about last year’s sessions below! Sessions for 2023-24 will be advertised on the eCoffee homepage later in Semester 1.

Tools for interactive teaching Part 1

Thurs 13 Oct 2022

We started the academic year discussing how to facilitate interactivity in teaching sessions, whether they are run online or in-person. Focusing particularly on Vevox, we explored how you might use polls, hotspots, branching scenarios, Q&A and quizzes to engage learners actively and gauge understanding. Access the recording: Tools for interactive teaching Part 1

Tools for interactive teaching Part 2

Thurs 10 Nov 2022

Following on from the previous session, we turned our attention to interactivity for asynchronous activities. What can you do to engage learners while they’re studying independently? Utilising options such as Panopto’s quizzes and Mentimeter’s asynchronous polling (note this is an unsupported tool), we considered how learners watching recordings can interact with the content and with one another. Access the recording: Tools for interactive teaching Part 2

Choose your own adventure: Building scenarios in ThingLink

Tues 13 Dec 2022

James Allen led a ‘Choose your own adventure’ session, showcasing the scenario builder in ThingLink. Attendees were invited on an Ally Adventure, exploring where different pathways might lead, taking a peek behind the scenes and considering how they might use branching scenarios in their own work. Slides for the session can be accessed at: eCoffee December ThingLink slides.pptx. Access the recording: Choose your own adventure: Building scenarios in ThingLink

Teaching surgery remotely: Surgical education in the pandemic and beyond

Thurs 9 Feb 2023

In our first session of 2023, we were pleased to welcome Arjun Takhar, who leads Medicine’s Surgery and Orthopaedics module.  Arjun and his colleagues’ innovative practice during the pandemic enabled students to immerse in the clinical experience even when studying remotely. Arjun described how students can interact and engage with live operating sessions, and how practices developed during the pandemic have continued to shape surgical education. Access the recording: Teaching surgery remotely: Surgical education in the pandemic and beyond

The ABC approach to active learning

Tues 21 Mar 2023

A popular theme in eCoffee has been keeping learners actively involved in sessions, using a range of tools and techniques. In this session, Melanie Seddon from Digital Learning showcased how the ‘ABC’ approach developed at UCL can encourage best use of these whether designing resources, teaching or training sessions, or a whole curriculum. Access the recording: The ABC approach to active learning

Learning during the height of the pandemic: Using technology to support clinical placements

Weds 26 Apr 2023

During the pandemic – when all students were removed from clinical placements – the introduction of Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Collaborate opened up new ways of supporting students to fulfil their learning outcomes. In this session Pritti Aggarwal described the innovative ways the Primary Medical Care team made use of these tools to give students a clinical experience remotely, the ways these have shaped current practice and some of the lessons learned. Access the recording: Learning during the height of the pandemic: Using technology to support clinical placements

Improving your digital skills: How can Jisc’s Discovery Tool help?

Weds 17 May 2023

In the rapidly changing digital landscape, it’s important staff and students develop a range of digital skills for study and working. In this session Alison Ormesher explained how Jisc’s Discovery Tool can support staff and students in assessing and growing their digital capabilities. Access the recording: Improving your digital skills: How can Jisc’s Discovery Tool help?

Sway showcase

Tues 4 Jul 2023

Our last eCoffee of the academic year was a bring and share session, focusing on Microsoft Sway. This popular tool has a range of possibilities and purposes. During the session we heard how first year students have made the most of Sway and Forms to create learning resources around healthcare topics; how a welcome pack created in Sway breaks down the induction experience for students starting the MSc Allergy; how the Staff Development team use if to make key information available to staff teaching undergraduates through the BM staff handbook; how the CLAS team’s Sways complement in-person anatomy learning; and how the Southampton Clinical Trials Unit engage audiences with bitesize updates in their quarterly Sway newsletter. Access the recording: Sway showcase

eCoffee in 2022-23

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