Open educational practice

At the moment I am working mainly within clinical education in primary health care, trying to create a good learning environment and to enhance interprofessional activities and collaboration among the students within a certain geographical area. However, the geographical area is quite big and it takes about one hour with public transportation to go from a healthcare center at one side, to a center at the other side of the area. We offer regular interprofessional case seminars, with written patient cases, where we try to gather as many of the students in the area as possible in one healthcare center. The evaluations from students that have participated in a seminar are very good, however, participation is optional. Most students that participate come from healthcare centers that are close by, travelling is to time consuming. I am thinking that maybe my new knowledge from the fdol could be used in creating an interprofessional case seminar for the students using digital tools.

One idea is to use Google+, a patient case would be presented and the students would be invited to interprofessional PBL groups. Adjunct clinical lecturers in the area could function as facilitators or maybe the clinical supervisors could be engaged. My fear is that because the case seminars are optional the students wouldn’t participate. One way to support participation would be to involve the clinical supervisors.

It could also be good to gather the students to one of our regular case seminars and at that time also invite the students to participate at a following case seminar online. Then they would have met face to face once, and they would know what a case seminar is all about. At the same time it would also be possible with a quick introduction to the digital platform to be used.

There are always times when the supervisors need to engage in own activities, without students, or maybe patients that are booked don’t turn up which gives the student some “extra time”. An interprofessional patient case online for the students to work with at times like that would be a good learning activity. Probably there would have to be a time limit for working on the case, maybe one week. One overall challenge with organizing interprofessional activities for the students in primary healthcare is the logistics. Students from different educational programs are often doing their clinical placements at different time periods.

I have been involved in the internationalization at Karolinska Institutet. Another idea is to have case seminars online and invite students from a partner university, maybe in Africa, to participate together with students from KI. I think it would be best to start with professional case seminars and use the contacts that I already have with Physiotherapy educations to get it going. There could be interesting discussions online and that would also enhance the student’s clinical reasoning. It would also broaden their cultural understanding and knowledge which is very important in this new world. I think seminars like this might be interesting also to trained professionals.

The lonely bird on the wire to me symbolizes a teacher working on his/her own. It is important also for teachers to collaborate and to learn in relation with peers. OER offers a way to be creative, to reuse material in different ways and to work with other educators (Tosati and Bodi). As a teacher I have not felt like this lonely bird, however, I am looking forward to explore the links to OER I have collected in the fdol to have new ideas and to develop my teaching.

Collaborative Environments to Foster Creativity, Reuse and Sharing of OER. Tosato P, Bodi G. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning. http://www.eurodl.org/?p=special&sp=articles&article=461

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4 thoughts on “Open educational practice”

  1. I have to say I loved reading all of your posts, even if I did not reply all the times. And by the way your English is amazing! No wonders you are involved in the internationalization of KI. Anyway, I do agree teachers are lonely birds. There is a whole “iconography” in cinema of the typical frustrated teacher, who has to deal with difficult students and institutions that don’t give enough support. I think things are getting better for teachers, especially now that we have these high hopes with online education. The lonely bird can finally meet other lonely birds and share information and experiences. Best of wishes for your future teaching.

  2. hi again. I am also wondering… do you think it would be “safe” to discuss a clinical case on a private group in google+? I also was thinking of using the platform for work but someone objected that it is not safe, in the sense that google owns the pages anyway. what do you think?

  3. Thanks! I don’t think my English is that good though….(-;

    Yes, I have also been thinking about the Google issue. In fact I have avoided using Google (except as search engine) before. But if you have a fictive case (maybe built on a real one) and no way to identify the patient I think it would work. What do you think? If someone can see it or even join in I see it as kind of an open educational resource.

    Yesterday I learned that professional dancers use hangouts in Google+ to have workshops that are spread worldwide. Amazing! I wonder how they make it work, we in our group have not been so lucky with the hangouts.

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