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A34LCE Learning in Complex and Uncertain Environments
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  2.1 OR pass at MBBS • Degree is in a medical or allied healthcare professions discipline subject and/or sufficient associated work experience • Students on the MMEdSci, PGDip and PGCert Medical Education courses. • PGCHE students • Students proposed as suitable by the Head of School of Medicine

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module examines the challenges of teaching in clinical or workplace-based environments for medical educators. The module draws on insights from the broader literature in education, leadership, management, psychology and sociology applied to a medical or healthcare professions education context.

An educational approach based on self-regulated learning theory for supporting individuals study in a VUCA environment is proposed with opportunities for students to critically apply their new understanding by designing new teaching or learning inventions. The various environments for students to apply this approach in practice include out-of-hours community care, the interfaces between primary and secondary care; and acute care or emergency departments including mental health units.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 1 weeks2 per week8 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Practical 50 2500 words: Characterise the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous elements of a learning environment in a medical or healthcare professions context before designing an educational activity underpinned by relevant theory. 
Assignment 50 1500 words: Based on the experience of the environmental structuring and instructional design activity, reflect on your ongoing development as a medical or healthcare professions educator. 

Convenor: 
Dr R Patel

Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to consolidate the knowledge, skills, values and desirable behaviours of students in the expert roles of a teacher with a focus on planner, resource developer and facilitator.

Learning Outcomes:  In a medical or healthcare professions education context, students will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • The various challenges faced by medical educators when teaching in clinical or workplace-based settings based on insights from other disciplines such as education, leadership, management, psychology and sociology
  • The way in which different disciplinary lenses for examining clinical or workplace-based settings illuminate the challenges for teachers in supporting individuals learn across the continuum of medical or healthcare professions education
  • The various VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) components and the way in which they affect the ‘lived’ learning experience of individuals
  • The impact and potential threat of a VUCA environment on learner satisfaction, well-being and happiness
  • The design of teaching activities and structuring of the educational environment for optimising learning in VUCA settings
  • The relevant theories such as Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow Theory and Dreyfus & Dreyfus’s model of skill acquisition for underpinning or informing the way in which educational activities are designed in VUCA settings
  • The various approaches for supporting individuals direct and guide their own study in VUCA environments

    Learning Objectives:
    By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a learning environment in a medical or healthcare professions context in order to characterise the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous elements which may influence learning outcomes
  • Critically reflect on individual personal and professional development as a medical or healthcare professions educator in the expert roles of teacher

    Offering School:  Medicine


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