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Creation of a model, learner-focused, technology resource to improve student journey

This learning and teaching innovation project was funded by the Teaching Development Shape Fund in 2021/22

Project status

In progress


Project started on 1 Jul 2022

Creation of a model, learner-focused, technology-integrated resource package to improve the student journey in health professions education

Project Leader - Dr Timothy Rennie, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

The project, which was funded by the Teaching Development Fund (TDF) Shape in 2021/22 aims to develop and demonstrate capacity for technological tools and processes for improving the learning process for work-based learners.

Postgraduate learning delivery for busy health professionals must be smooth and attractive to the learner to overcome the crowded competition of online/blended learning, maintain the reputation of the institution and ensure optimal outcomes. Reviewing and engaging with technology from a student perspective with academic/technical support, we will improve the student journey. This will be done through integration of new and existing learning technologies (Xerte, Camtasia, Pebblepad) through existing learning platform (Moodle) to reduce information redundancy, optimise presentation of content that suits broader learning engagement, and improve flow of the learners journey.

Proposing the creation of a model Programme Unit resource package to serve as an example of change across multiple programmes within the AP3T suite of programmes/units and beyond (i.e. how things can be done differently and improve our offering). Aiming to better student-facing model of learning; the student will work with a team of academic and technical staff and be supported throughout the project; will all develop through the process.

Through undertaking this project the team will map out the process to better understand the changes required including timelines to more effectively effect change across the suite of AP3T programmes.

Project update summer 2023 On receipt of the TDF project approval, a team was put together that has met on a monthly basis to discuss progress. The project delayed recruitment of a 3-month intern to the project to coincide with purchase of software and the start of an e-Learning Coordinator in the team. Two software licences have been purchased in addition to current tools and have been trialling the use in online units. One unit has gone live (PolyPharmacy) where we incorporated Lecturecasts and online tools using the software; we will request feedback from students on completion of this unit to compare their previous experience with other units and the experience they had using newly incorporated technological solutions. A further unit is currently being transformed (PSMO). Next steps are to review the unit content for Public Health and working with the technology team to create a revised unit for delivery in January 2024. Some unanticipated outcomes of this project have been the development of process to support review and development of units using new technologies; this has built capacity and sustainability in the project.

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