A Full House at the Teaching and Learning Center

TLC Event 2013This year’s Teaching & Learning Center Day brought together faculty and staff from all of our schools to learn and to share. Several presenters conducted workshops or participated on panels to share their experiences applying technology to teaching. Workshop presenters included faculty and staff from Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medicine, as well as the Kanbar Center, Educational Technology Services, the Learning Technology Group, the Library and ITS. Over 80 attendees learned about tools and techniques for simulation-based learning, presentations, copyright compliance, and video collaboration.

An enthusiastic crowd filled the Tech Commons for the keynote presentation at the lunch hour. The computer lab venue was a little unusual, but that did not deter from the fascinating duet of talks on Education in the Cloud – Transforming Learning and Patient Care. Catherine Lucey, our Vice Dean for Education in School of Medicine, provided a clear assessment of what technology can and cannot do for health sciences education.

  • Can do examples: increase options for how students engage in the learning process; combine learners from different schools/institutions without the constraints of space and time.
  • Cannot do: facilitate formation of professional identity, which requires personal interaction between role models and learners; decrease expense of education!

Jeff Burns, Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, offered a compelling story about his passion to provide help for physicians anywhere when they are desperately trying to save the life of a child, which led to the creation of OPENPediatrics, an online learning community for pediatricians. The annual TLC event typically attracts a wide range of faculty and staff who are heavily involved in education at UCSF, but this particular speaker event also attracted pediatric residents and faculty, many of whom had never visited the TLC before. The event organizers, including me, were very excited to reach new audiences in this way. If you missed these talks by Drs. Lucey and Burns you may view them here.

TLC Event 2013The lunchtime keynote was straddled by 12 one-hour workshops led by faculty and staff from across the campus. Xinxin Huang, educational technologist from the School of Nursing, led a popular session on using the iPad to present in the classroom. Other highlights were Peggy Tahir’s session on copyright and use of images and the session on Pecha Kucha by Sean McClelland and Kirsten Balano.

TLC 2013 event

Another highly rated session, which we plan to replicate at future TLC events, was the Faculty Innovations Showcase. Kirby Lee, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Annette Carley, Clinical Professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Katherine Hyland, Professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics briefly presented educational innovations they implemented this past year. This event provided a perfect venue for these faculty to share their experiences; their presentations generated dynamic discussion, which included a lot of encouragement as well as helpful suggestions and feedback from colleagues. Clearly, we need to provide more opportunities like this year round!! Lee described his project incorporating training and simulated patient cases with the electronic health record in his course CP137 Advanced Topics in Clinical Care for third year pharmacy students. Carley, explained how she simulates on-call clinical Neonatal ICU situations within the CLE. Hyland presented the School of Medicine’s use of the Odigia platform to create an interactive syllabus.

TLC Event 2013The Kanbar Center offered three workshops that covered mannequin-based simulations, standardized patients, and technology tools to enhance the activities. A popular session was Conducting Mannequin-based Simulations which drew a crowd to the Large Simulation Room. Many education staff took advantage of the opportunity to find out what goes on in the Kanbar Center and to understand how these simulation learning activities fit in with the other activities they support in their schools. TLC Event 2013To see more pictures from the day’s events, check out our flickr feed.

Image Credit: Erin Hayes

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