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Academic and Educational Development: Research, Evaluation by Ranal Macdonald

By Ranal Macdonald

A part of the well known employees and academic improvement sequence, this tradition orientated publication brings jointly top examine and evaluate methods and assisting case reports from top academic researchers and leading edge teachers.With a lot emphasis on swap, innovation and constructing most sensible perform in larger schooling, it truly is crucial that these fascinated with truly constructing, learning or imposing techniques to educating, studying or administration, are proficient via the studies of others. The emphasis of this ebook is on altering perform in HE; how advancements turn up; what examine underpins fascinating improvement; and the impression of improvement of pupil studying, employees services and institutional perform and coverage. in particular, the ebook is constructed in themed components: half A, assisting switch inside of matters and departments. half B, helping swap inside associations and the broader surroundings.

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We now have evidence that our students’ use of IT has developed dramatically, through annual surveys and through the demand for copies of the software to ‘take home’. This demand has moved from virtually nil to around 25 per cent of the student group within three years. However, increased use of ICT does not necessarily mean increased acceptance of its value or more positive attitudes towards it, as has been shown by workplace and educational studies (Brosnan, 1998; Weil and Rosen, 1997). So we needed evaluation tools that could test the application of these new methods.

Were they using it? Did the software achieve what it was supposed to? • Developmental. As well as checking that it was satisfying its basic aims, we wanted to explore the impact of the software in more general terms. As a result, we did not restrict the questions for users to the specific aims of the software. For example, we asked users to compare the use of the software with conventional methods of teaching, and deliberately investigated learning outcomes which the software was never designed to achieve.

Clearly it is not in anyone’s interests to ignore these matters, which are particularly highlighted in the case of junior doctor training. However, the issues appear to be pertinent across the NHS in its role as an educational organization, and probably into other public and private sectors where initial and continuing professional development is being undertaken in collaboration with or on behalf of higher education. The risks of ignoring the issue—complex though it is—are, however, profound. , Hospital Medicine, 61 (5), pp 352–54 Challis, M, Williams J and Batstone, G (1998) Supporting pre-registration house officers: the needs of educational supervisors of the first phase of postgraduate medical education, Medical Education, 32, pp 177–80 Department of Health (1997) The New NHS: Modern, dependable, HMSO, London Department of Health (1998) Reducing Junior Doctors’Hours, HSC1998/240, HMSO, London Department of Health (2000) A Health Service of All the Talents: Developing the NHS workforce, DoH, London General Medical Council (1993) Tomorrow’s Doctors: Recommendations on undergraduate medical education, GMC, London General Medical Council (1997) The New Doctor, GMC, London 28 Subjects and departments General Medical Council (2000) Revalidating Doctors: Ensuring standards, securing the future, GMC, London Heard, S (1998) Educating towards clinical governance, Hospital Medicine, 59 (9), pp 728–29 National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (NCIHE) (1997), Higher Education in the Learning Society: Report of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, (the Dearing Report), HMSO, London NHSE (1994) The New Deal: A plan for action, report on the working group on specialist medical training, NHSE, Leeds NHSE (1998) A First Class Service: Quality in the new NHS, HSC 1998/113, NHSE, Leeds Towle, A (1998) Changes in health care and continuing medical education for the 21st century, British Medical Journal, 316, pp 301–04 3 Evaluation as a tool for curriculum development: a case study of multimedia development in the teaching of creative writing Peter Hartley, John Turner and Felicity Skelton INTRODUCTION This chapter examines the role of evaluation in the development of multimedia software to support the teaching of creative writing to undergraduate level 1 students.

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