Featured
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With the rise of blended learning and the decrease of face-to-face teaching in university courses, it can be difficult to keep students engaged. This is particularly true for disciplines where hands-on experience helps assimilate knowledge, as is the case in biomedical sciences. Dr Rebecca Donkin, Lecturer in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast, was confronted with this dilemma: how to keep students engaged and motivated while spending fewer hours with them?...
Amelie Casgrain
October 06, 2017
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Creating online tutorials improves the learning experience for students. Dr Vanessa Hughes, from the University of Sydney, pushes this concept to a whole new level. As well as giving theory real-world relevance, she uses the Smart Sparrow platform analytics from her tutorials to individually support her students and identify those at risk. The results are impressive: her courses are highly rated by students and their grades reflect this high level of satisfaction. Dr Hughes coordinates...
Amelie Casgrain
August 22, 2017
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The BEST Network is excited to announce that BrainStorm is now available through BEST. BrainStorm is an interactive online program for learning Neuroanatomy. Developed by Dr Elizabeth Tancred, the program is used in neuroanatomy courses around the world. The comprehensive atlas of human neuroanatomical structures includes images of gross dissections, myelin stained cross-sections and MR images supported by diagrams and text screens. BrainStorm is an excellent complementary resource to existing Neuroanatomy courses. It allows students...
Stephanie Dowdell
August 02, 2017
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The Learning Innovation Summit, held on 21 July at Collins Square in Melbourne, began with series of standing room only presentations. Professor Beverley Oliver from Deakin University highlighted how Universities needed to change their recognition of student skills. She called for the need to go beyond the traditional measurement of learning gains in response to workplace demand for translatable skills. We also heard of the teaching styles being envisioned by Professor Ariel Anbar and his...
Stephanie Dowdell
July 27, 2017
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Potted Pathology specimens play an important role in teaching students the macroscopic features of disease. However, maximising the learning opportunity through independent review of the pot alone can be challenging. To address this, a series of interactive online lessons focusing on physical specimens were created at the Integrated Pathology Learning Centre, University of Queensland. The lessons were developed by a team of pathologists, including Dr Mohit Shahi and Dr Archana Sudarsan, working with senior medical...
Stephanie Dowdell
June 29, 2017
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What’s next after you’ve developed a series of lessons and activities for your students? This was the point that Dr Kelly Linden reached, culminating in the development of a beautiful interactive “Learn Space” through which her anatomy students would access the modules. At Charles Sturt University, where Kelly teaches, a proportion of students studying anatomy undertake their studies via distance education. These students simply don’t get the same access to donated cadavers, used for studying...
Stephanie Dowdell
June 02, 2017
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Clinical decision making requires healthcare professionals to assess an array of patient information and to choose the best possible treatment option for the individual. Ranked decision making is an important way to develop and assess decision-making skills in students. Dr Narelle Shadbolt from the Sydney Medical School has been creating ranked decision questions in Smart Sparrow for both formative and summative assessment, with support from Nicholas Randal and Andrew Barr. Modules include a brief description...
Stephanie Dowdell
April 05, 2017
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In 2015, a small team from the University of Melbourne came together with the goal of creating a resource for a large first year postgraduate Medicine class focusing on the “Principles of Envenomation [Snakebite]”. The aim was to “flip the classroom”, providing more time in the face-to-face session for discussion with students around topic specific prior learning. The team consisted of Dr Ken Winkel, a leading Australian Toxinologist, who teaches into the Medical Program at...
Stephanie Dowdell
March 20, 2017
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It’s a common problem that faces many course coordinators, laboratory class demonstrators and tutors – students being unprepared for practical classes. One approach to address this is to develop compulsory interactive modules that prepare students for classes. Students are typically given pre-class material in their manuals to prepare before coming to their practical sessions, along with a quick introduction to the topic and requirements by their demonstrator. However due to some students not reading or...
Stephanie Dowdell
March 06, 2017
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Stephanie Dowdell
February 17, 2017
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Support for MRI and CT scan images is coming to Slice in 2017 thanks to a grant from the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at the University of Queensland. Slice has hosted radiology images since its inception; however, they were restricted to X-rays and single frames of z-stack images. The new functionality will be designed to make it easy for students to interpret and interact with MRI and CT scans. Estimated for release...
Stephanie Dowdell
February 08, 2017
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Encouraging students to develop learning activities on course content was the approach taken by Associate Professor Gareth Denyer from the University of Sydney in his Human Biochemistry course. In 2016, Advanced students were tasked with building a Smart Sparrow lesson on a topic of their choosing related to their Biochemistry practicals. Students were introduced to the Smart Sparrow platform for one hour and were given guidelines regarding the duration and number of questions their lesson...
Stephanie Dowdell
January 16, 2017
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Dr Justine Gibson, Lecturer in Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology at The University of Queensland, together with a team of academics and students, is creating a series of cross-discipline, case-based modules for Veterinary Science students. These modules progress from simple scenarios that are delivered early in the first year of the Veterinary Science course, to complex clinical cases in the final year. A total of three modules are planned and are being built with the Smart...
Stephanie Dowdell
January 03, 2017
news / in the press
The effectiveness of collaborative annotation of whole slide images by medical and medical science students was recently evaluated in cohorts of junior and senior students by Michael Sahota (UNSW Australia) as part of his honours research project supervised by Professor Gary Velan, Dr Betty Leung and Dr Stephanie Dowdell. The study focused on students understanding of abnormal microscopic features of human tissues and critically compared the impact on learning of individual and collaborative annotations using...
Stephanie Dowdell
December 15, 2016
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Utilising the collaborative annotation tool in Slice, Patrick de Permentier (UNSW Australia) created an interactive activity in one of his histology lectures. Over 400 students learnt about the layers of tissue that made up an artery and were then asked to identify these on a group layer by placing coloured pins on each area. After a few minutes of annotating, all of the anonymous student pins were revealed on the lecture screen and were overlayed...
Stephanie Dowdell
December 08, 2016
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In response to requests from many members of the BEST Network, today we’re releasing the BEST Sandbox Loop. Think of the BEST Sandbox as an education playground. You have room to do whatever you want. Kick around ideas, ask others to join you in building a lesson or course, network with other BEST members, or just see what educators like you are working on. Why You Should Add Lessons to the Sandbox Every official lesson...
Ariel Shoham
September 01, 2016
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Flow Cytometry is a core technology, widely used in research and diagnostic laboratories. Due to its complexity and cost, stringent health and safety requirements as well as the lack of availability of equipment and reagents, the way this important technique is taught at institutions can include minimal, if any, hands on experience for undergraduate students. Furthermore training at a more senior level is time intensive. In recent years, practical classes focused on Flow Cytometry have...
Stephanie Dowdell
July 18, 2016
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Some questions in your Smart Sparrow tutorials require you to set up a trap state that fires when students have not attempted the question. This is particularly important if you don’t want to give the students feedback on their selected choice but they need to attempt the question. To set up the trap state click ADD NEW, then TRAP STATE. While the titles you give your trap states aren’t important, giving them descriptive names makes...
Stephanie Dowdell
April 22, 2016
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Diagnostic cytopathology, the study and diagnosis of disease at the cellular level, is an essential part of clinical decision-making. Creating and validating high quality digital teaching materials for both medical students and medical specialist trainees, in this subject area, is consequently important for equity of learning and standardisation of assessment. To address this issue, digital educational materials in cytopathology were created in the form of whole slide images (WSI), hosted on Slice, and this large...
Simone Van Es
April 18, 2016
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Assessment, feedback and technology were the main themes of this year’s Ottawa/ANZAHPE conference held in Perth. The heavily attended plenary sessions linked how these three topics drive learning. There were great examples of new technologies that automate essay scoring using natural language processing and it will be exciting to follow progress in this area. We are getting to the point where human and machine marking are equitable, and where machines are actually more accurate. There...
Ariel Shoham
April 06, 2016
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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...
Stephanie Dowdell
March 17, 2016
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The Smart Sparrow platform has a helpful Progress Bar widget that can be copied from one of the BEST Network templates into any of your tutorials. Giving your students an indication as to how far into a lesson they helps them decide whether to stop and finish the tutorial later, or to stay and complete the lesson. Set up the Progress Bar widget by following these steps: Create a layer by clicking NEW then Layer...
Stephanie Dowdell
February 17, 2016
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Late last year, we reviewed an activity run by Dr Nalini Pather in one of her final lectures for the year. Aiming to use the session for revision and feedback, the Slice collaborative annotation tool was used to allow her students to mark regions on anatomy images before the entire class reviewed all of the annotations and received feedback on their understanding. At the same time, the Smart Sparrow Poll tool was used to assess...
Stephanie Dowdell
February 11, 2016
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Earlier this month, we ran a webinar covering the use of the collaborative annotation tool in Slice. The webinar covered: The new features of the annotation tool that allow you to invite people to join your layer and to annotate together How to set up a collaborative activity How to create a variety of class exercises If you missed the webinar it’s available below: For more resources, visit the BEST Network blog to see examples...
Stephanie Dowdell
December 18, 2015
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At Charles Sturt University, Dr Reza Mortazavi has been using both Slice and adaptive tutorials to teach students studying haematology. Dr Mortazavi contributed 47 blood film whole slide images to Slice, ranging from anaemia to leukaemia. With the support of Dr Lucy Webster, Reza used these images in two tutorials that required students to complete a differential diagnosis on a blood film in order to diagnose a patient case. Reza also utilised five cases available...
Stephanie Dowdell
December 03, 2015
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In July 2015, we released new functionality for Slice that gave users more flexibility in the types of activities they conducted in practical classes and lectures. Here we run through the basics of the new features: Making annotations can now be a group activity Click the ‘INVITE’ button to generate a link specific to the annotation layer that can be shared via Moodle, email, or social media. Control the way members interact Under the “Edit...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 27, 2015
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Upon the release of the Slice annotation tool, a team of academics at UNSW Australia trialled the functionality in eight class activities. In this series, we’ll be sharing what worked, what didn’t and how you can try this in your own classes. Overview of activity For two histopathology classes, Dr Betty Kan had previously created annotation layers with questions for students to answer using the annotation tool. With the development of the new annotation tool,...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 26, 2015
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Upon the release of the Slice annotation tool, a team of academics at UNSW Australia trialled the functionality in eight class activities. In this series, we’ll be sharing what worked, what didn’t and how you can try this in your own classes. Overview of activity After trialling an activity where a large student cohort was broken up into smaller groups for an annotation activity, Patrick de Permentier created two exercises where: All students annotated on...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 24, 2015
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Upon the release of the Slice annotation tool, a team of academics at UNSW Australia trialled the functionality in eight class activities. In this series, we’ll be sharing what worked, what didn’t and how you can try this in your own classes. Overview of the activity While Slice can be used to give students feedback, not all activities require academics to have visibility of student work. Often Patrick de Permentier conducts his histology classes by...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 20, 2015
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Upon the release of the Slice annotation tool, a team of academics at UNSW Australia trialled the functionality in eight class activities. In this series, we’ll be sharing what worked, what didn’t and how you can try this in your own classes. Overview of activity This activity was designed to test how the annotation tool worked when students were asked to: Work in small groups, to Find one feature, On which they would receive teacher...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 18, 2015
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Upon the release of the Slice annotation tool, a team of academics at UNSW Australia trialled the functionality in eight class activities. In this series, we’ll be sharing what worked, what didn’t and how you can try this in your own classes. Overview of activity For a class of approximately 80 students, this activity required students to work in four groups of 20, to label multiple features. At the end of the activity, the class...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 16, 2015
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The BEST Network was recently honoured to be recognised at the inaugural Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards. BEST was highly commended in the learning experience category. We’d like to congratulate the University of Southern Queensland who won the award for their great work in improving the higher education learning experience for incarcerated students. It was a great opportunity for the network to look back at all we’ve achieved since launching over two years ago....
Stephanie Dowdell
November 13, 2015
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The Collaborative Annotation Tool on Slice provides academics with the ability to invite students to make annotations on a shared layer. In one of her final lectures for 2015, Dr Nalini Pather, UNSW Australia, used the annotation tool to provide over 200 students with an interactive way of reviewing their knowledge of gross anatomy before their upcoming exam. A series of exercises were set up on separate layers and images, where students were asked to...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 04, 2015
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Slice is the world’s most advanced biomedical image bank. With over 18,600 images across a variety of disciplines and an annotation tool that allows you to mark features, Slice offers a quick and easy way to teach and learn with biomedical images. They say that the best way to master something is through developing the ability to teach it. As Confucius said - “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do...
Stephanie Dowdell
September 11, 2015
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In order to help you spread the word about the great work you are doing using BEST Network resources in your teaching, the BEST Network Management Committee would like to invite you to apply for one of the BEST Network Conference Travel Grants. The BEST Network Travel Grants are available for international or national conferences where the applicant has been invited to present or has submitted an abstract for presentation on work related to the...
Stephanie Dowdell
August 31, 2015
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The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) is a society for people committed to the advancement of higher and tertiary education. The BEST Network had the opportunity to present at this year’s annual HERDSA conference held in July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to hear about what was happening at other institutions and to be inspired. Presenting on behalf of Professor Nicholas Hawkins, Dr...
Stephanie Dowdell
July 30, 2015
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The Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne recently announced a reduced round of grants from his Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). He also called for a new university-based institute that will be focused on “substantial sector-wide initiatives”. It is expected that this will result in fewer if not smaller grants. Over two decades, OLT and its predecessors have sought to “develop and drive innovation in higher education teaching and learning”, both by recognising the brilliance...
Nicholas Hawkins
July 17, 2015
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The BEST Network is gearing up to host its first community summit, a chance to bring people involved in the network together to share ideas, meet others working in the same field and to learn about the new tools and resources that are available through BEST. We’re looking forward to this being an annual event – nothing beats the power of coming together! Co-hosted by the University of Sydney’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), Professor Pip...
Stephanie Dowdell
July 17, 2015
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Since the launch of the Slice image bank in October 2013, we’ve collected feedback from academics and students to design new features that make interacting with images easier and more conducive to running different class styles, many of which we’ve featured here on the blog. In 2015, sponsored by a UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, the BEST Network team are developing new functionality to enable group annotation on Slice. Back in Semester 1 2014,...
Stephanie Dowdell
July 06, 2015
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I recently had the opportunity to attend a presentation given by Dr Louise Lutze-Mann focusing on her experiences creating online learning materials for her students. Over the past few years, Louise has focused on teaching students to ‘think like scientists’. This has involved redesigning a number of her lectures and practical classes to give students more practical or research experience. To do this, Louise partnered with Smart Sparrow to transform laboratory classes that are restricted...
Stephanie Dowdell
April 09, 2015
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Teaching anatomy in institutions that do not have access to cadavers can be challenging. The Endeavour College of Natural Health integrates clinical anatomical teaching with many of their clinical courses ensuring students have a strong grounding in biomedical science. I have been teaching this course for over 4 years. My students love clinical anatomy and I love when I can make the experience relevant to them. Before the BEST Network, I utilized images from our...
Johanna Elms
March 25, 2015
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One of the biggest contributions to the Slice image bank to date is a collection of macroscopic images from the Museum of Human Disease at UNSW Australia. The collaboration between the BEST Network, the School of Medical Sciences and the Museum of Human Disease to get the museum’s historic specimen collection photographed was the focus of a recent article in UNSW’s Prognosis Magazine. Photograph courtesy of UNSW Prognosis Magazine In the early 1980s, staff in...
Stephanie Dowdell
March 11, 2015
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Now that classes are back in session, it’s been great to see the flurry of activity happening on the BEST Portal this week. The biggest spikes in activity occur when classes are run using the Slice image bank. Students are using the Slice annotation tool to mark features on images as guided by their teachers. These annotations then serve as study notes and are shareable with both friends and teachers. This month alone we’ve registered...
Stephanie Dowdell
March 06, 2015
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Professor Fiona Orr, Lecturer at UTS Faculty of Health, joins us today to share her experiences creating adaptive online lessons, and explains how teaching with case studies has benefited her students’ learning experiences. Watch our first, second and third webinars.
Danni Macguire
March 02, 2015
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Today, Associate Professor Gary Velan, School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Australia, joins us for our third webinar to discuss how to: Create Virtual Microscopy Adaptive Tutorials (VMATs); Identify common misconceptions using ‘heat map’ analytics; and Address misconceptions with personalised adaptive feedback. Watch our first and second webinars.
Danni Macguire
February 26, 2015
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Phase 1 of the UNSW Medicine program covers microscopic anatomy and pathology, and has utilised virtual microscopy images since 2004. In Semester 2, 2014, for the first time, online practical examinations with automated marking were employed by Associate Professor Gary Velan (Head, Dept of Pathology). This program already makes use of a number of adaptive tutorials created by Associate Professor Velan using the Smart Sparrow platform (available on BEST), but assessment has traditionally involved students...
Stephanie Dowdell
February 22, 2015
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This is the second webinar in our series where we talk with academics who are using BEST Network resources in their classes. These webinars are designed to be how-to guides and a great source of ideas and inspiration for creating your own teaching resources. Today, Professor Nicholas Hawkins, Head of the BEST Network joins us to discuss how to: Annotate images; Share annotations with colleagues and students; and Run interactive learning activities using Slice tools...
Danni Macguire
February 19, 2015
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This is the first in a series of webinars where we will be talking to people who are making use of BEST Network resources. They are designed to be how to guides and a great source of ideas and inspiration for creating your own teaching resources. Today, Dr Stephanie Dowdell, Product Manager for Slice is joining us to demonstrate how to: Annotate Slice images; Create private collections of Slice images for quick navigation through your...
Danni Macguire
February 01, 2015
news / in the press
The BEST Network was recently profiled in the January edition of Plexus, the newsletter of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists. The newsletter focused on the creation and use of BEST Network tutorials and images by anatomists.
Stephanie Dowdell
January 25, 2015
events / demonstration
The transformed and expanded home of the UNSW Medicine program, the Wallace Wurth building, was officially opened by the Federal Minister for Health, Peter Dutton on 13 November 2014. Along with showcasing the new teaching, learning and research spaces, Professor Nicholas Hawkins, Head, School of Medical Sciences, had the opportunity to demonstrate how the UNSW Medicine program is taking advantage of these new teaching spaces to run interactive classes using the BEST Network Image Bank,...
Stephanie Dowdell
November 14, 2014
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A year has passed since the BEST Network was launched and we thought a good way to mark the occasion would be to share with you just how much the site has grown in that time.
Stephanie Dowdell
October 18, 2014
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Academics in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science at UNSW have used the Smart Sparrow adaptive e-learning platform to create tutorials for students to use as either pre-class activities or for revision. At the UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum on 8 October, academics showcased the ways the platform could personalise learning for students. Professor Shirley Alexander from the University of Technology, Sydney, delivered the keynote speech, providing a current state analysis of...
Stephanie Dowdell
October 13, 2014
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In the Department of Physiology at the University of Melbourne, Jairus Bowne, Charles Sevigny and David Williams are using the Smart Sparrow platform to deliver content to their students. Jeremy Goh recently helped to get these tutorials integrated into the Learning Management System at the University of Melbourne. Examples of the Physiology Departments’ tutorials include a tutorial on Excitation-Contraction Coupling, featuring dynamic videos with descriptive text explaining concepts relating to muscles and their excitation and...
Stephanie Dowdell
September 28, 2014
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Slice is a useful tool for showing biomedical images in lectures, particularly when; The image is large and you can’t show it all at a suitable level of magnification You want to make the image easily accessible to your students in a resolution that is superior to what they will get from a PDF of your PowerPoint slide You want to include annotations that guide your student as to relevant aspects of the image, and...
Nicholas Hawkins
September 26, 2014
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The creation of personal annotation layers on Slice has seen a huge increase in the number of annotations. Slice has over 500 annotation layers and over 1400 annotations, with these numbers growing by the day. Academics are using Slice in class in a variety of ways, with students annotating images in real-time, incorporating annotations posing questions into classroom activities, as notes for class tutors or circulating annotated images to students with the correct answers at...
Stephanie Dowdell
September 22, 2014
events / IFAA
The BEST Network portal has a wide variety of resources for teaching anatomy – from image collections to tutorials. To further spread the word about the BEST Network within the Anatomy community, the BEST Team presented at the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) in Beijing, China in August 2014. Great Wall of China at Mutianyu The IFAA was created to facilitate scientific exchange among anatomists, histologists, morphologists, anthropologists and other professionals working in...
Stephanie Dowdell
August 26, 2014
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for the images on Slice, words are important too. Slice hosts over 9000 images contributed by academics and healthcare professional from around the world. Thanks to these contributions, Slice has a huge variety of images, including macroscopic, microscopic and radiology images, as well as photographs of laboratory specimens and diagrams. Finding images within the image bank is possible because well curated descriptive data (metadata) is...
Stephanie Dowdell
July 27, 2014
events / UNSW Launch
We are pleased to announce that the BEST Network and Smart Sparrow will continue to be part of teaching in Medicine at UNSW beyond the BEST Network project period. The Biomedical Education Skills and Training (BEST) Network is a community of biomedical schools creating an online repository of biomedical education resources – providing a valuable opportunity to share and collaborate. It inherits the leadership, philosophy and direction from the government funded BEST Network Project. As...
Stephanie Dowdell
July 02, 2014
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Slice now hosts over 800 radiographic images including X-rays, CT scans and MRI images. Having access to these diagnostic images is essential for training medical students in evidence-based medicine. The image collections available on Slice provide medical students with more examples of a wide variety of both normal and abnormal conditions diagnosed by radiographic images, giving students non-hospital based practise with clinical decision making. Diagnostic image collections available on Slice. The BEST Network recently received...
Stephanie Dowdell
June 16, 2014
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Searching Slice Due to the size of the Slice image bank growing by the month, we recently focused on making finding the right image faster and easier. We are excited to release an advanced search tool tailored to biomedical images: Searching starts with the free text search bar. Search results are ranked so that the most relevant images are presented first. To further refine a search result, filters can be applied. Search results can be...
Ariel Shoham
June 12, 2014
events / forum
On Friday the 9th of May Dr Stephanie Dowdell, our BEST Network Research Officer, represented the BEST Network Community at the UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum. Thirty authors entered the forum displaying posters from a variety of backgrounds all focusing on how feedback can improve learning and teaching. The BEST Network Poster entitled “Slice- A tool to provide interactive histopathology feedback within Moodle: a BEST Network initiative” described the successful results of a deployment trial...
Johanna Elms
June 05, 2014
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On BEST, adapting an already available tutorial for your own teaching is the easiest way to get started creating tutorials. An example of this is the story of how one tutorial was created and then adapted to teach different concepts at three universities across Australia. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) virtual lab was created by Dr Louise Lutze-Mann to be used in undergraduate science and medicine classes at the University of New South Wales to...
Nirmani Wijenayake
June 02, 2014
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In semester 1, 2014, senior medical students participating in the Rational Use of Investigations (RUI) course at the University of New South Wales used the BEST Network image bank, Slice, in their study of histopathology. Taking advantage of new Slice annotation tool features, including private layers on images, Slice allowed students to work as a group, online, in class or remotely to analyse and annotate virtual slides. The RUI course focuses on diagnostic pathology and...
Stephanie Dowdell
May 18, 2014
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BEST Network members have free access to a collection of more than 60 Courseware tutorials across a range of biomedical disciplines. Courseware describes high quality, peer-reviewed tutorials contributed by leading academics from major universities across Australia. The current Courseware tutorials available of BEST are divided into the following categories: Number of tutorials available in various disciplines as of May 2014. Sharing Courseware on BEST Academics create content designed for use by their students. As well...
Nirmani Wijenayake
May 16, 2014
events / workshops
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. – Confucius Gary Goldie assisting one of our power instructional designers Roger. The BEST Network project would not be possible without the aid of our budding instructional designer team. These are current/past students of medical sciences and medicine who value education and wish to contribute through creating adaptive online tutorials. Last week Smart Sparrow and the BEST Network joined forces...
Johanna Elms
May 14, 2014
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All of the BEST lessons on the Courseware page, as well as the entire collection of slides on SLICE were sourced by the BEST community of academics. Please contact us if you wish to share a lesson on BEST. Sharing a BEST lesson will go through the following stages: Copying your lesson to the BEST network account, to create a clean master copy of the lesson Making some improvements in the design Testing in several...
Ariel Shoham
March 23, 2014
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SLICE is a biomedical Image Bank. It allows BEST members to contribute their thoughts to a discussion on virtual histology slides and images of diseases; It allows them to learn from peers and share their insights with colleagues and students, and practically, bring SLICE resources to life! SLICE includes tools for looking at the images and understanding what they are – tools for discussing, annotating, and collaboratively enriching SLICE images with more insights and information....
Ariel Shoham
March 11, 2014
events / webinar series
The BEST Network team will host a new Webinar Series communicating best practice advice for using the BEST online courseware and adaptive learning technology. The series will consist of 6 separate webinars addressing topics ranging from adaptive learning tools and technology, to demonstrations of discipline-specific courseware such as Pathology and Nursing. The webinars will include presentations by BEST community members giving you the chance to hear from, and engage with, academics that are already using...
Ariel Shoham
March 04, 2014
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The ‘Phase One Practical Project’ (P1P) is an initiative funded by the BEST Network to develop next-generation online biomedical material for the Phase 1 Medical program practicals (Year 1 and 2) at UNSW. This project involved 20 academics working together to create online courseware elements that focused on learning threshold or key concepts in Medicine. Watch the following clip to find out more: These lessons are now available on Phase 1 Medicine page and cover...
Ariel Shoham
January 12, 2014
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We all want to fulfill our teaching potential and produce better learning outcomes, but at the same time, we need it to fit into our busy lives. Between Research and publications, supervising PhD students and writing grant applications, there is less and less time for keeping core teaching skills up to date, let alone learning new education methodologies and the latest technology. Introducing the “Lesson Starter” initiative: The BEST team will help you create a...
Ariel Shoham
January 09, 2014