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Three uses of Padlet in undergraduate dental education (Julie Mallinson)

Lockdown offered time to be more creative and inventive with teaching, which has proved rewarding for both teachers and students. Julie Mallinson used Padlet thoughtfully in three different ways. Her approach to Padlet is uncomplicated and accessible, and her results have been refreshing and effective. Full story Julie was new to Padlet, but found different …

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GP teaching with Microsoft Teams

Simon Thornton and Ciaran Conway organised year 3 GP teaching using Microsoft Teams. They used a Teams space with a channel for each GP practice to connect home-based students with their assigned placements. The spaces worked well, with interaction increasing as the placements progressed. Some elements, including weekly GP drop-in sessions, will be retained in …

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Using patient simulators to teach cardiac examination remotely: the good, the bad and the Harvey

How do you teach students to recognise the potential symptoms of cardiac disease, during a pandemic, with limited access to patients? Flo Mouy (Cardiac Teaching Fellow) responded to this challenge by introducing the students to Harvey, a specialist mannequin developed for teaching. Flo created videos demonstrating how to, and how not to, examine a patient …

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Learning to love Blackboard? Moving the MSc in Epidemiology online during the pandemic

Penny Whiting and Kaitlin Wade met the challenge of moving their MSc programme online during the pandemic. By exploring guides and experimenting with the tools available, as well as attending the BILT Digital Design course, they successfully moved their programmes online using Blackboard, Xerte, Padlet, Mentimeter, YouTube and VideoScribe. Student feedback has been positive, and …

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COWS on the ward: remote ward rounds during and post-pandemic

Ward rounds teaching seemed impossible when COVID struck. Flo Mouy (Cardiac Teaching Fellow, South Bristol) used video conferencing software to bring students to the patients remotely. Despite some disadvantages, this worked so well that Flo thinks the approach will play a role alongside in-person ward rounds post-pandemic. The approach afforded more students to be taught …

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Hybrid ward rounds – some students present and some distant

At certain stages of the pandemic, Flo Mouy (Cardiac Teaching Fellow, South Bristol) encountered situations where some students could attend ward rounds, whilst others were self-isolating. A pragmatic, hybrid approach entailed remote students taking a history, and those on the ward examining patients. By switching roles when self-isolation finished, students continued to benefit from the …

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Interactive cased-based, remote radiology tutorial

Like most educators, David Little had to tackle the challenges of teaching remotely during the pandemic, interacting with students he couldn’t see. Thankfully, the session and subject (year 3 radiology) lent themselves to online delivery. With some adjustment, David successfully delivered a highly visual, interactive session. He achieved engagement through pre-materials, a quiz-based discursive approach, …

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BILT podcast – the research experiences of an intercalated veterinary student with Ellie Best

Podcasts allow you to convey information that students can engage with in circumstances they couldn’t engage with text or video (for example, when walking or driving). Like videos, they may convey a sense of teacher presence to students learning at a distance. You can create podcasts for your students, use podcasts available online, or ask …

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