During the BEST Network project phase, academics at UNSW Australia ran a project that aimed to systematically develop online support materials for biomedical science practicals held in Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4) of the Medicine program at UNSW. Termed OPEs (Online Practical Elements), these support materials focused on learning bottlenecks and threshold concepts that were covered in practical sessions and were produced using the Smart Sparrow Adaptive eLearning Platform.

The project team worked in small groups, partnering academics with content creators, who were mainly UNSW students who either supported these classes as student tutors, or who had completed the subject previously. Each of these groups designed and developed an online tutorial that aimed to provide students with feedback on and remediate common misconceptions regarding a problem learning area that had been identified in the practicals. The project resulted in the development of 42 reusable and adaptable tutorials, all of which underwent peer review and are available on the BEST Network. The goal of the project was that these tutorials would benefit not only students at UNSW Australia, but also to biomedical university students globally.

The project was managed by Associate Professor Patsie Polly (Phase 1 Prac Project) and Professor Gary Velan (Phase 2 Prac Project). Associate Professor Polly presented the project at the E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education in October 2015.

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This presentation was funded through a BEST Network Travel grant.