Technology Enhanced Learning in Health Professions Education

What’s possible now and what does tomorrow hold?

i-KNOW Workshop
11th October 2017, Graz
approximately 10:30 – 17:30


How we live, work and learn is being hugely influenced by technology. Students and professionals already make extensive use of mobile and social technology in their personal lives and increasingly this technology is being used to support both informal and formal learning. The past decade has seen a rapid growth in mobile learning and assessment applications across public, private and professional spheres, presenting real opportunities for innovating curricula, learning and teaching. However, a complex network of applications, software and devices can leave educational developers focused on ‘tools’ rather than achieving a broader philosophy about the strategic value, application and impact of using Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) resources in educational programmes.

Health professionals are working in a complex and fast-changing environment – it is essential that we prepare our students for this environment and support them in developing learning practices and habits that will enable them to manage and continue their learning throughout their careers, alongside delivering up to date, safe patient care.

In this highly interactive and informative workshop we invite healthcare educators, managers, professionals and students to join us to find out how mobile learning has been introduced and used in other medical/healthcare universities, to discuss opportunities arising from new technologies and to explore how technology could support your students’ and your own learning.

The workshop will be led by a team from Leeds Institute of Medical Education (where mobile learning has been embedded in the Medical School curriculum since 2010) and a team from the Know-Center (who have extensive experience of researching and developing of new technologies to support professional learning, including in healthcare).

This interactive workshop will address the following topics:

  • What is technology enhanced learning?
  • How is society learning using technologies?
  • What role could technology play in learning in the health professions – do we augment, replace or innovate?
  • How can we measure the impact achieved?
  • What does tomorrow hold?

We therefore invite healthcare educators, managers, professionals and students to join us in exploring how mobile technology helps reshape learning resources, whilst creating new opportunities for innovation in learning, assessment and feedback.

The workshop organisers

Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME), School of Medicine, Leeds, UK
Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) has internationally-acknowledged expertise in workplace learning and the use of technology to enhance learning. LIME led the Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) programme. This was an award-winning 6 year programme across 5 universities and 16 different health care professions, which developed, piloted and evaluated the use of mobile technology to support undergraduate assessment and learning in workplace settings. Building on this, mobile learning has been embedded in the medical undergraduate (MBChB) curriculum at Leeds since 2010 and LIME has continued to explore and introduce other TEL innovations, including the use of handheld ultrasound, eBooks and learning analytics. LIME was also a major partner in the Learning Layers European research project, working with the Know-Center and 15 other EU partners to explore how technology can support informal learning at the workplace. LIME led on the co-design and piloting of the technologies being developed to support healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses and managers).

Professor Richard Fuller. Director of Medical Education Programmes (LIME) and Consultant Geriatrician (Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust). Professor Fuller led the work of introducing, embedding and evaluating mobile learning in the MBChB curriculum.

Tamsin Treasure-Jones. Senior Strategist – Technology Enhanced Learning (LIME). Tamsin led the mobile technology work in the ALPS programme and was also the lead for the healthcare workstream in the Learning Layers project.

Nancy Davies. Learning Technologist (LIME). Nancy supported the mobile learning development and piloting both in the ALPS programme and in the MBChB. Nancy manages the current workplace learning technology development in the MBChB, and trains and supports students and staff in using these technologies to support workplace learning.

Know-Center, Graz, Austria
The Know-Center is Austria’s competence centre for data-driven business and big data analytics, founded in 2001. One of Know-Center’s key strategic goals within its research programme is to innovate professional learning. The Centre has by now a 12 year track record in research and development of technologies for professional learning; and is considered a key hub of research in Europe in the field. The Know-Center has been scientific coordinator of the multi-million European projects APOSDLE and MIRROR, associate partner to MATURE and Learning Layers, and is currently pursuing the topic in MOVING and AFEL. In these projects, the Know-Center investigated the use of pre-existing material for learning purposes, the maturing of knowledge within organisations, learning from and through experience, learning in networked environments, learning key competences in a digital age, and learning analytics.

Viktoria Pammer-Schindler, Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology and Area Manager at Know-Center, Graz, Austria

Stefan Thalmann, Postdoctoral Researcher at Graz University of Technology and Senior Researcher at Know-Center, Graz, Austria

Angela Fessl, Senior Researcher at Know-Center, Graz, Austria

Main contact:
Angela Fessl