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Capturing the wisdom of the crowd: health professions' educators meet at a virtual world café.
McKimm, Judy; Ramani, Subha; Kusurkar, Rashmi A; Fornari, Alice; Nadarajah, Vishna Devi; Thampy, Harish; Filipe, Helena P; Kachur, Elizabeth K; Hays, Richard.
  • McKimm J; Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, Wales, UK. j.mckimm@swansea.ac.uk.
  • Ramani S; Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
  • Kusurkar RA; Faculty of Medicine, Vrije University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Fornari A; Faculty Development, Northwell Health System, New York, USA.
  • Nadarajah VD; International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Thampy H; University of Manchester, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, UK.
  • Filipe HP; College of Ophthalmology and Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Kachur EK; Medical Education Development, Global Consulting, New York, USA.
  • Hays R; James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.
Perspect Med Educ ; 9(6): 385-390, 2020 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-986804
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Conversations about educational challenges and potential solutions among a globally and culturally diverse group of health professions' educators can facilitate identity formation, mentoring relationships and professional network building. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more important to co-create and disseminate knowledge, specifically regarding online and flexible learning formats.

APPROACH:

Based on the principles of social learning, we combined speed mentoring and world café formats to offer a virtual Zoom™ workshop, with large and small group discussions, to reach health professions' educators across the globe. The goal was to establish a psychologically safe space for dialogue regarding adaptation to online teaching-learning formats. EVALUATION We aimed to establish psychological safety to stimulate thought-provoking discussions within the various small groups and obtain valuable contributions from participants. From these conversations, we were able to formulate 'hot tips' on how to adapt to (sometimes new) online teaching-learning formats while nurturing teacher and student wellbeing. REFLECTION Through this virtual workshop we realized that despite contextual differences, many challenges are common worldwide. We experienced technological difficulties during the session, which needed rapid adaptation by the organising team. We encouraged, but did not pressure, participants to use video and audio during breakout discussions as we wanted them to feel safe and comfortable. The large audience size and different time zones were challenging; therefore, leadership had to be resilient and focussed. Although this virtual format was triggered by the pandemic, the format can be continued in the future to discuss other relevant global education topics.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Education, Distance / Education, Professional / COVID-19 / Health Occupations Type of study: Randomized controlled trials Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Perspect Med Educ Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S40037-020-00623-y

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Education, Distance / Education, Professional / COVID-19 / Health Occupations Type of study: Randomized controlled trials Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Perspect Med Educ Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S40037-020-00623-y