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Covid-19 - problems and solutions A special interest group designed to be a repository of actions, methods, ideas etc. that faculty have created so that we can share these within the community. This SIG will be led by Trevor Gibbs, AMEE President.
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Tracey Thomson - 20/03/2020 17:35:52
   
Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Date: 27 March 2020
Time: 0900 hrs (UK/GMT)
Presenters: Professors Trevor Gibbs, Judy McKimm, Richard Fuller, David Taylor, Jen Cleland

Health Professions’ Educators (HPEs) and their students around the world are having to adapt their educational provision to rapidly changing circumstances as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps around the globe.

This free webinar aims to provide a platform for HPEs to come together in a supportive, safe space to share their stories and ways of adapting to the impact of the virus. In this webinar, we consider various stages of the ‘learner journey’ (selection, undergraduate/basic medical training, postgraduate education and training and assessment) identify some of the impacts and challenges and raise key questions for discussion amongst participants.

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Nino Sikharulidze - 26/03/2020 20:06:56
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Hello,
Thank you for bringing up very important topic.
What about on-line examination? How we can minimize cheating from students?
Our university plans to continue using moodle platform for examination (same platform we used at university, but under supervision). While running the exam it is not restricting access to other sources (such as internet, or e-books). So how we can control students behavior from distance?
Or are there any cheating-secured platforms for examination?

I value your feedback,
Thank you.

Nino Sikharulidze, MD
Representative of Caucasus International University

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John Cookson - 27/03/2020 18:25:51
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Some reflections on the webinar.
Worth remembering as medical educators that we have two major strengths, the patients and the students. The best teacher, as Osler said, is the patient so I don’t think we need to worry too much about trainees having to spend more time with patients and less on formal education.
The other is the students; many years ago I worked in a medical school where, from various vicissitudes, there was no pathology teaching for a time. It did not make any difference to the students who looked at the slides, read the books and passed the exam as well as they had ever done.
The students are much better at knowing what they need than we are, so we need to listen to them and try and put in place what they tell us.
On assessment ‘Open book’ but ‘time-limited’ exams seem to have much to commend them; they reflect real life; we have to know a lot to function well but there are some things that we look up. Paradoxically perhaps, we need to know a lot in order to know what to look up. This approach will reduce worries about cheating in on-line exams. Sequential testing with the first ‘cut’ based on previous performance will reduce the numbers going on to a more formal assessment.
Never pass up the opportunities of a good crisis! In the UK, I detect a slow reduction over some years in the amount that students can contribute to patient care; quite a contrast to the US situation. Perhaps we shall find that students are much more competent than we give them credit for.

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Trevor Gibbs - 28/03/2020 10:39:02
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Hi Nino

Good to hear from you and thank you for joining the webinar.

I think first of all, its about whether you are Ok with students using an open-book approach to assessment-- many schools are now using this, but of course you do have to change the exam methodology- you gain nothing from simple one answer questions with this method- almost too easy. However if you use questions that make the students think, need to search and perhaps use their acumen to construct or decide the answer, then to me the open-book questions are acceptable.
I also think in these times of need, and I do not know any platforms that are constructed to overcome cheating, we have to trust our students.
The other thing I feel that has come out of Covid-19 has been the weakness shown in having set exam times and placing exams in one activity. The strength of formative assessment with monitoring of student progress and programmatic assessment has really come to the fore.

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Nino Sikharulidze - 28/03/2020 16:16:09
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Dear Travor,

I highly appreciate you opinion and advise, thank you.

Sincerely,
Nino Sikharulidze, MD
Representative of Caucasus International University

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Judy McKimm - 31/03/2020 12:54:53
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Hi Nino

I'd echo Trevor and John's comments, the more we can develop trust in open book exams, which mimic real life situations then we can move these online, using virtual patients, labs, pathology slides, case studies, e-OSCEs etc.
John's point that ironically you have o know more to use resources in a limited time setting is absolutely spot on, and that's what clinicians have to do in real life, so the more we can develop these type of assessments and share resources, the better we can respond and shift practice hopefully in the future.

what we can't do is replicate real patients and for some of the more junior students, we'll have to let the crisis evolve and let frontline staff do their work

Judy

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Jennie Lates - 31/03/2020 16:53:28
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Thank you all for the great webinar and thought-provoking presentations.
Would it be possible to get a copy of the slides from the webinar? I have the link to the recording of the webinar, but our internet is really struggling in Namibia with so many of us now trying to work and teach from home...
Thanks for your consideration of this request!
Jennie

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Trevor Gibbs - 01/04/2020 19:25:52
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Thanks Jennie

I will ask my co-presenters

Trevor

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Trevor Gibbs - 02/04/2020 10:00:28
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Hi Jennie

Diana from the AMEE office will upload these and let you know how to access them
Trevor

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Jennie Lates - 02/04/2020 17:05:31
   
RE:Free Webinar - Adapting to the impact of COVID-19: Sharing stories, sharing practice
Dear Trevor and all presenters,
Thank you so much for your support!

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