2015 Community Summit
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Event Summary

The BEST Network recently co-hosted the 2015 Community Summit at the the University of Sydney, brought together top healthcare professionals and experts from around Australia, all looking to advance healthcare education through collaboration and the use of innovative education technologies.

The day was a great success! In case you missed it, all session recordings are now available. Browse through to get a taste of the best thinking in healthcare education & EdTech that took place at the BEST Network 2015 Community Summit.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Summit Profile

Over 170 delegates attended the 2015 Summit, including education leaders, faculty, researchers, higher education administrators, learning designers and students.

The chart above illustrates the breakdown of summit registrants. The 60% majority have an academic background, while admin and support roles accounted for 32% of registrants and the remaining 8% was made up of professional bodies and students. It was a great opportunity to bring together such a diverse group to foster true collaboration.

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Introducing BEST Disciplinary loops

Join like-minded members to share and communicate around a set of BEST educational resources relevant to your teaching, through Disciplinary Loops.

Explore Loops

Slice Collaborative layers

BEST members can now bring their knowledge to Slice images and collaborate with students and peers through Collaborative Layers.

Discover Slice

Improved Courseware Catalogue

A bigger and better catalogue that makes it is easier for you to browse the BEST Courseware and find what is relevant to you.

Browse the Catalogue

Smart Sparrow 3.0 released

A whole range of new features has been introduced, including Templates - for simple lesson creation and authoring; and Classes - a smarter way to deploy and control your teaching in one place, among others.

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Prof. Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Australia
Prof. Jacobs setting the scene and reflecting on 12 challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
About BEST
Prof. Nicholas Hawkins, Head of the BEST Network and Prof. of Innovative Technology in Medical Education, University of Queensland
Prof. Hawkins explaining how the network evolved from a government funded entity to a non-for-profit sustainable entity managed by academics for academics.
A/Prof. Gareth Denyer, Associate Dean (International Affairs) Science Faculty, The University of Sydney
Dr. Dror Ben Naim, Founder & CEO, Smart Sparrow
A/Prof Gareth Denyer and SPR Founder & CEO Dr. Dror Ben-Naim presenting how Smart Sparrow, the platform that is used to build the content in the BEST Network is used in practice and announcing new product features.
Expert Panel: "Successful Transition Towards Technology Powered Education"
A thought provoking discussion on the role and benefits of technology and collaboration in a new era of digital connectedness. Senior representatives from 3 leading universities, together with student, technology and network representatives, sharing their vision and strategies to incorporate technology in their learning & teaching strategies.
Prof. Philipa Pattison
DVC Education, The University of Sydney
Prof. Beverley Oliver
DVC Education, Deakin University Australia
Prof. Kirsty Forrest
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University
Prof. Nicholas Hawkins
Head of the BEST Network, Innovative Technology in Medical Education, The University of Queensland
Dr. Dror Ben-Naim
Founder & CEO, Smart Sparrow
Mr. James Lawler
President of the Australian Medical Students Association
Mr. Tim Dodd
Australian Financial Review (moderator)


Prof. Beverley Oliver
DVC Education, Deakin University Australia
The physical act of teaching is less important now, and the creation of resources like the ones available in BEST, which are stand-alone, self-directed and interactive is the way to go
James Lawler
President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association
BEST is very big and very proactive in trying to get the views of medical students and what we need. And it’s just on point in terms of where medical education should be
Janet Long
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University
Was GREAT to see UNSW, Sydney Uni, Macquarie and other unis all talking collaboratively - absolutely is the way to go!
Ludmila Ovchinikova
Pharmacotherapy Lecturer at University of Sydney
It was valuable to learn about other university's attitudes toward education and eLearning and their strategic plan for the future (through keynote and panel discussion)

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