Sunday, November 23, 2008

E-learning in health and social care study day

On Friday I attended (and help to organise/run) a study day of the Higher Education Academy, Health Sciences & Practice e-learning special interest group at the Glenside Campus of the University of the West of England.

Dr Pam Moule opened the day and gave the first presentation about the work we had undertaken for the HEA HS&P "Scoping e-learning: use and development in health sciences and practice" over the last two years. She set out the aims of the study and the two phase data collection with a survey and then case studies which had identified 5 themes:
* Facilitating factors
* Inhibiting factors
* Innovative technologies
* Pedagogy
* Training

She then led a discussion of the findings of the study and their implications for practice.

The second speaker was Dr Heather Wharrad from the University of Nottingham, School of Nursing Educational Technology Group (SONET) who entitled her presentation RLO's are good for Health: Community based approaches. She described the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for RLOs before giving descriptions of the characteristics of a reusable learning object and their approach to their production and use. The key points were illustrated with a case study from Nottingham's Non-Medical Prescribing Course, and outlined the positive evaluation from students.

The next two speakers were from Coventry University. The first was Imran Ali who described the myriad of innovative technologies being used within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Of particular interest to me and many in the audience was Echo 360 which they are currently implementing for lecture capture.

Imran's presentation was followed by Elinor Clarke who moved the innovative technologies forward with a discussion of Web 2.0 technlogies in use within the faculty, particularly InterProfessional Learning Objects and touched on Second Life (under the banner of Second Learning) to support their pedagogical aims.

After lunch Anne Smith described the "Reading Experience" with the E-learning framework in use at the University of Reading and the real life considerations which impinge on elearning use with her students. She particularly highlighted issues around the impact of e-learning on the assessment process.

Following Anne's presentation the attendees broke into smaller facilitated groups to identify examples of good (and bad) practice in relation to e-learning to aid wider sharing as an outcome of the HEA HS&P project, and gave comments on the draft "Guidance for e-learning implementation". Pam closed the day by thanking all participants and giving an outline of future activities within the HEA HS&P e-learning SIG.

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  • I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at this event. I wonder if anyone considered the use of e-learning by care home staff who are less likely than most to take to going online for learning. The ElderWorld team have been pioneering in care homes and (more often) their staff who cannotgo online at work doing extra hours at home or even in public libraries.
    All this will change with your help
    please get a free password at and let me know. Thanks Peter Ashby

    By Blogger ElderWorld, at 9:12 pm  


    By Blogger ElderWorld, at 9:13 pm  

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