Innovative teaching and learning initiatives from the health and medical sciences are on the way to transforming student learning and well-being.
Projects from Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy have been awarded funding of up to $35,000 each for innovative approaches which will improve the quality of learning and teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Funding was awarded to teams in health and medical sciences for 19 Education Innovation Grants, three Open Learning Environment grants and one Project Based unit.
The proposals address some the challenges medical and health students face in their studies, offering improvements in the provision of engaging content delivery, appropriate and realistic pre-clinical training, and academic and practical support during clinical training. Many projects include greater opportunities for students to build leadership skills and support for their personal well-being.
In these grants, videos, student generated resources, online activities, simulations, and game based learning are some of the tools incorporated to improve content knowledge, feedback and assessment, teaching skills, student engagement and mental health awareness, ethical thinking, cultural competence, communication skills and self reflection.
Collaboration featured in the project proposals with multi-disciplinary teams working on initiatives with an inter-professional focus. Professor Inam Haq, Co-Director of the Sydney Medical Program, said:
I’m really pleased with the success of the health faculties in the recent round of Education Innovation Grant applications. It shows the enthusiasm and commitment to advancing teaching and learning from our academic and professional staff. It bodes well for collaborating in the future as we move to one faculty over the coming months.
Many of the projects involve the development of resources that are applicable across the medical and health sciences and further, with the possibility of roll-out across other faculties and potential distribution to other institutions.
For more information about the Strategic Education Grants, visit the Education Innovation Strategic Grants website.