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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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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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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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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 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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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
events / webinar
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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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
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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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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
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
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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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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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
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