The Viral Outbreak iCase: realistic problem-solving in a virtual environment

A time for change Laboratory-based practicals provide medical students with essential hands-on experience in problem solving, but where safety is a consideration they may not be an option or they invariably get reduced to a meaningless ‘follow these instructions’ that … Continue reading

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Department of Oncology engages budding scientists with school video competition

Encouraging school students and researchers to learn from each other Public engagement is widely perceived as important within higher education, but it can often be difficult to facilitate a genuine conversation or collaboration. With the aim of engaging secondary students, the … Continue reading

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Using an online medical resource to inspire science, art and creativity in schools

Historical slides provide an opportunity for outreach Professor Zoltán Molnár is a specialist in developmental neuroscience in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG). When he became the latest custodian of a box of teaching slides from the physiologist … Continue reading

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Taking the tablets: mobile support for learning, teaching and assessment in Medical Sciences

PULSE: Pop-Up Learning Space Experiment Following the recent explosion of mobile devices, there has been a growing interest in the use of mobile technologies to support teaching and learning. Such technologies also challenge traditional notions and boundaries of what we know as … Continue reading

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Making concepts in Biochemistry ‘click’ using technology in lectures

Using clickers to gauge students’ understanding Determining how much students are learning during a lecture is far from easy. This was the challenge faced by Dr Peter Judge, who teaches Thermodynamics to first-year undergraduates in the Biochemistry Department. Students consider the course … Continue reading

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Using a WebLearn Forum for Online Learning and Collaboration Among Medical Students

Diagnosing the problem: complexities of time and place The first year of the four year graduate-entry medical course (GEC) is challenging for both students and teaching faculty. The 30 students, some of whom are post-docs, have a wide range of … Continue reading

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Online platform enables Syrian medical students to continue studying

Technology could mean conflict is no barrier to education Five years ago, Syrian universities were vibrant hubs of teaching, central to a population that highly valued education. Since the start of the current conflict, a new generation of university students have … Continue reading

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Podules on Evolution: Using lecture capture to support self-directed learning

Quick, convenient and accessible: Lecture Capture has the potential to empower lecturers and improve the student learning experience by making recorded material available online for private viewing. At the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Professor William James has developed … Continue reading

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Evolution of Master’s Essay Writing: developing peer-review assessment through WebLearn

Introduction Dr Jeremy Howick, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, and Lettitia Derrington, Department for Continuing Education, have introduced peer review as an aspect of assessment for the MSc in Evidence-based Health Care. They have designed appropriate forums and topics … Continue reading

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Streaming Lectures with WebEx

Introduction The Medical Sciences Division at Oxford has used lecture capture and videoconferencing technologies successfully for several years, both to stream lectures live and to record them for students to review later, for reinforcement or revision. As well as using … Continue reading

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