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MEE8075 : Utilising Technology in Medical Education

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: School of Medical Education
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To raise critical awareness concerning the utility of technology enhanced learning in health care education
• To provide the opportunity for students to explore and apply technology enhanced learning in their own context

This module aims to raise students’ awareness of how technology enhanced learning is currently used in health care education and can be further embedded. It is expected that students will develop an ability to critically appraise current practices and initiatives. Students will have the opportunity to explore technologies, investigate theoretical underpinnings and draw conclusions from their own practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is flexible, in response to students’ areas of individual interest. The following will be addressed regardless of context: -

•       Principles and philosophy or educational stance of technology enhanced learning – planning, design, delivery, support, communication, assessment, evaluation and improvement.

•       Introduction to technology enhanced teaching materials or resources –these will be regularly updated

•       Introduction to delivery and management of teaching using technology –these will be regularly updated

•       Technology enhanced assessment tools to document experiences or outcomes of education

The syllabus will include on-line discussion to allow synthesis and sharing of experience and theory whilst allowing practical application of technology enhanced learning in the students’ own contexts.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Supported by an online discussion forum
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1123:00123:00Contribution to module, reading and all completion of activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Virtual Classroom – 2 groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00Phone surgeries providing one on one support
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time38:0024:003 blocks of asynchronous delivery
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

All outcomes are addressed by activities in the three time released 'strands', followed up by independent field work incorporating students’ individual experiences of teaching or learning using technology. Their learning is supported through tutor moderation and online facilitation, collaborative online activities with peers, online tutor and peer feedback and private reading. One-to-one telephone surgeries and a group virtual classroom are provided for help towards assignment submission. The teaching and learning methods chosen are appropriate to adults learning in a professional context and at a distance. The rationale of the methods employed includes the overall goal: to create an online community of inquiry by ensuring that autonomy of learners, structure of activities and ongoing dialogue are addressed. The module, offered totally at a distance, provides a mixture of expert input; self directed learning; peer group learning; and critical reflection.

Optional present-in-person study day (repeated and recorded online) will be offered. Although this is an online programme, there may be additional opportunities to attend optional on campus events. For any on campus opportunity an online equivalent session will also be offered.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100Portfolio-based assessment (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MStudent Performance on the online discussion forum
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed to be flexible and responsive to the student’s educational context. It will take the form of a portfolio of activities and outputs and will demonstrate the successful completion of the learning outcomes of the module, by:

•       Participation in or delivery of an educational experience using technology enhanced learning
•       Personal reflection and critique of the experience
•       Participation in an online moderated discussion forum
•       Engaging in constructive and critical evaluation of a TEL experience
•       Concrete evidence of the application of theoretical models to the experience of technology enhanced learning
•       Supporting other learners with suggestions for development of their work

The portfolio may contain examples of the technology used and/or written dissertations as appropriate to the choice of assessment.

Reading Lists