The MBBS curriculum review coincides with a college-wide review of all taught programmes – MBBS, BSc, MSc, MRes. The college is dedicating resources to a learning and teaching strategy, with buy-out of academics’ time to plan their reviews, grants for new teaching initiatives, a promise to reward good teachers in promotion rounds, a seminar series on approaches to teaching, curriculum review workshops, and a heightened status for the Education Development Unit as a centre for research into teaching and learning. There are ambitious plans to encourage the diffusion of learning technologies throughout our programmes. For a research-based university, there is a surprising level of chatter about teaching, together with chances to influence (and be influenced by) the renewed emphasis on education. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see the Learning and Teaching Strategy. (more…)
The undergraduate School’s annual awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 15 November at Imperial’s Charing Cross campus.
In conjunction with the Medical Students’ Union, teaching staff of all levels and disciplines are recognised with a variety of awards, spanning both clinical and non-clinical teachers, personal tutors, teaching fellows and student support roles.
Students who nominate staff members are invited to speak about the recipient prior to each award’s presentation. This year, each noted in particular the care and attention given to individual students, and the emphasis put on the importance of learning, by the staff members recognised. (more…)
The Faculty of Medicine will be piloting a project issuing iPads to students in years 5 and 6 of the MBBS course at the beginning of the 2013/14 academic term.
The main learning and teaching activities planned to be delivered on iPads are:
- All the course learning materials will be accessed via Blackboard Learn.
- Students on placements will be able to readily and easily access learning materials and their own notes, and be able to add reflections, etc.
- Some sign-off forms (DOPS) will be available electronically on the iPads allowing clinical teachers to assess students and submit the DOPS to the Faculty Education Office electronically, keeping a record on the students’ iPads.
- Students will be able to participate during lectures using virtual clickers hosted on their iPads.
- Students will access interactive iBooks in the area of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
- Students will be able to receive updates from different sites directly on their iPads providing a direct communication channel with clinical sites.
The iPad pilot launch event took place on 15 May 2013 .