IMED5805 Innovation and Contemporary Issues in Health Professions Education

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
This unit enables students to identify current educational issues and analyse trends in health professions education. Students critically evaluate innovations in their own disciplines, examine best practice from other health professional groups and examine its transferability to their own teaching context. The unit equips students to select an area of contemporary health professional education, explore the impact of the innovation and any barriers for change, discuss regulatory frameworks and develop skills required to facilitate contemporary education relevant to their own practice.
Students are able to (1) identify current innovations or educational issues within the health professions; (2) develop strategies to address current educational issues within the health professions; (3) identify barriers and facilitators to change in health professions education; (4) analyse the educational trends within different health professions; (5) demonstrate knowledge of evaluation models for innovations or strategies to address current issues; and (6) identify and extract current best practice initiatives in health professions education that can be applied in one's own profession..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online activity; (2) E-poster; and (3) written assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Brid Phillips
Unit rules
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning (may be taken concurrently as a corequisite)
Contact hours
This class is conducted entirely online
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Semester 1_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1_2019_ONLINE]
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