As usual with these reports it is being written "on the fly", to be of interest to those who could not attend & is by no means an official or formal report. I aplogise for any typos or other errors.
The conference was opened by Prof Reg Jordan, who gave a brief overview of the context for this meeting and handled housekeeping announcements.
|Dr. Jeff Hammond then introduced Alistair
Liddell, Coordinator, Delivery and eLearning for the NHSU who gave the
keynote presentation. He gave an overview of the
NHSU with a slightly adapted
presentation most of which I'd seen 3 times before. He referred to government
decisions and manifesto commitments which had led to the creation of NHSU as
part of a new change in the way the NHS operates. He defined his view of a
"corporate university" and some of it's key principles. He described
"close ministerial support" as being both the advantage and
disadvantage of the way in which NHSU came about.
He considered the elearning approach as a key component of a blended approach which includes face to face and other methods. RLOs were seen as being a key component which can be put together to achieve individuality within a framework of accreditation. He described how the initial programme was chosen at ministerial level but during questioning sidestepped issues about political purposes and relationships with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
|The next presentation was by Prof Reg Jordan, Director LTSN-01 and Undergraduate Dean of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He focused on many of the drivers for change in medical and health sciences including NHS (DoH, WDCs, NHSU, interprofessional education & working etc.) and Education, including the recent white paper. He also considered the changes to regulatory bodies and statutory recommendations and Quality Assurance processes. The required outcomes of medical education, including flexibility, multisite and an emphasis on process rather than product led into a description of the NLE project and it's comparison with commercially available software platforms (VLE, MLE, LE etc) with a description of it's aims and some of the lessons learnt. These issues were further explored during questions.||
|The next presentation was by Professor Ronald Harden,
General Secretary of AMEE who addressed Global learning in the 21st Century.
Ron gave a very entertaining presentation, well supported by a powerpoint which
addressed many of the challenges confronting medical education and introduced
IVYMEDS which is a
collaboration of 32 medical schools worldwide and provides a bank of reusable
learning objects which can be combined into a personal gateway for dynamic
learning. He described the core elements as:
providing a curriculum map (including links to resources) and study guides and aids which can be individualised and delivered both online and face to face.
The philosophy underpinning this work includes;
Questions discussed copyright, IPR & financial models
|The next presentation was by Dr. Tony McDonald who gave more detail about the TLTP3 - 86 NLE which is used by several medical schools and other health sciences courses. He set out the history and how this project had arisen, ranging from word documents to XML & SQL applications. He then went on to introduce the managed portfolio learning project they are currently undertaking emphasising the importance of flexibility and integration with MIS systems. He also pointed people to the JTAP report at http://www.ltss.bris.ac.uk.uk/jules/jtap-03.pdf||
|We then went into parallel sessions & I chose the session on Common learning and interprofessional learning|
|Debra Humphries, Director of the new generation project,
University of Southampton, encouraged participants around the room to briefly
describe their context and then briefly described the project at Southampton
giving a background including; Kennedy report., QAA, Merger of education
funding streams (Empett Report), and reform of regulation of health
professions. She used a series of group discussion to address issues around;
The summartion of the feedback will be on the New generation website under Debra's area http://www.mhbs.soton.ac.uk/newgeneration/People/Debra.htm
|There was then a showcase of poster presentation of projects from LTSN -01 and wine reception|
|The final session of the day was a feedback from the workshops in a plenary session presented by John, Rachel and Margaret|
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