The 2nd International Education Forum began in the RCSI at the start of this week which I attended for 2 days. I felt that this was a good opportunity to hear about various practices in learning and teaching from the 3 main campuses of the RCSI, Dublin, Bahrain and Perdana. Presentations from the 3 campuses were centred on pertinent themes being investigated within the RCSI. These were plagiarism, peer observation of teaching, large group teaching, and design of curricula for transnationals student audiences.
Many of the initiatives spoken about at the Forum were recent projects, data collected from students and analysed so that the research could make recommendations and inform future practice.
The peer observation of teaching working group noted that support for reflective practice and providing feedback to peers would be vital into the future and the plagiarism working group were looking into best practice in supporting academic writing so that students could be educated on writing and citation techniques in order to avoid plagiarizing, the Turnitin tool is being piloted as a learning tool to support students in their academic writing.
A large focus of the conference was on simulation techniques, the use of simulated patients within practice. The last key note Lynn Monrouxe presented her research on Teaching and learning intimate examinations ethically. An interesting study presenting ethical issues in medical practice and how students negotiate the choices presented with in situations of dilemma regarding consent to intimate examinations.