Congratulations to UCLMS staff for their recent funding successes!
Deborah Gill – SLMS Education Innovation Fund
Deborah was delighted to receive a generous grant to support a project to introduce and evaluate Mobile learning into the work place. Mobile technology, both hardware and apps, is a rapidly developing aspect of contemporary learning and indeed the medical workplace.
This project, involving a multidisciplinary team of learning technologists, librarians, clinicians and students aims to explore what devices and programmes work, for what tasks, in what settings and with what support. Deborah warns, ‘Don’t be surprised to see a medical student openly using a tablet or smart phone in the clinical setting in the next few months: they are not texting their mates but involved in the UCLMS mobile learning project!”
The devices will be in distinctive cases to help clinical staff and patients to recognise the fact that the devices are for learning. The aim is for the project to inform the strategic approach to increasing the use of m-learning and e-learning at UCLMS, mindful of the user experiences and the potential barriers to success.
Jayne Kavanagh – SLMS Education Innovation Fund
Jayne was excited to receive a grant from the SLMS Education Innovation Fund to investigate the question “Can storytelling help medical students learn to reason ethically”? The grant will support evaluation of a pilot educational innovation, in which four narrative frameworks will be created based on four medical ethical topics. They will be used in small group teaching and will hopefully be a great addition to more traditional forms of learning.
Laura-Jane Smith – Teaching Innovations Grant
LJ can’t wait to put the funds from the Teaching Innovations Grant into action when #quclms, a Twitter-based educational intervention, is launched in April. Using principles of social learning theory applied to a social media context she hopes to encourage discussion, debate, critical thinking, peer-led learning, use of evidence and digital professionalism. Have a look on the website for further information, and come to the launch event at the Bloomsbury Clinical Skills Centre 17th April 5-7pm (please book via quclms.eventbrite.co.uk to help us plan catering) where there will be talks from UCL e-learning environments on OERs, a description of the #quclms project from LJ, and the thoughts of two final year PALS students who have helped design and launch the project. If you can’t make the launch event please get in touch to find out how you can get involved.
Deanne Attreed – Erasmus Staff Training Mobility
Deanne is thrilled to be travelling to Vilnius University in Lithuania in April after her application for Erasmus Staff Mobility funding was successful. The programme is aimed at support staff who are interested in visiting another European university to establish networks, compare best practices and learn from other university staff. Applicants can join a pre-planned programme by participating universities, or liaise with the university of choice to devise their own schedule . If you are interested in applying please check the CALT website.