Health's got talent
The School of Health Sciences held its inaugural 'Health's got talent' event last month to showcase excellence in education within the School.
Staff were asked to submit a project or innovation that they thought was worthy of recognition. They then had to present their idea to an audience of their peers from across the School at an event in Centenary Building. The audience used electronic keypads to vote for the most innovative project which would receive funding to further support its development.
In an extremely high-quality field the winning innovation came from the School's Diagnostic Radiography team who have integrated iPads within its learning strategy for first year Diagnostic Radiography students. (see picture.)
Lecturer Sophie Willis was a member of the winning team. She said: "The use of tablet technology such as iPads to support learning is topical, with some research suggesting it to be superior to e-learning because it focuses on what students learn rather than the technology used.
"Opportunities for students to experience such technologies prior to clinical placements can enhance their learning experience, improve clinical skills education and better equip students for their future roles and the practice environment."
The second placed initiative was Lorna Saunder & Valance Hughes's 'Shareville in the City' project. Shareville is a simulated reality platform which facilitates the development of practical and interpersonal skills.
Following an identified gap in the curriculum around the teaching of learning disability, Shareville was identified as a unique delivery method of both practical and theoretical components. The programme provides a unique immersive learning opportunity and a realistic simulation of working with people who have learning disabilities.
Third place went to Dr Jo Verhoeven from Language & Communication Science, for his EarTrainer project. EarTrainer is an interactive multimedia program intended for students in Speech & Language Therapy and linguistics more generally to improve their phonetic listening skills and help them master the International Phonetic Alphabet. The programme was conceived and developed by Dr Verhoeven and programmed by Division Technician Dr Robert Davey.
All of the projects presented at the Health Has Got Talent event were awarded a prize, which was presented to them by the Vice Chancellor at the Learning Development Centre's annual conference.