DEPTH – Digitally Enhanced Practical Teaching in the Health Sciences


This OER investigates the role of digital technology in the acquisition of practical skills in health sciences. While it is commonly accepted that theoretical knowledge can be imparted using technology, how best to use technology to support practical skill acquisition is a growing area which presents many opportunities.

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This project provides those who teach with a tool which will enable them to consider effective ways of using technology to support their practical teaching. By listening and learning from staff and student experiences of what worked well and what didn’t work well, this project recommends methods and approaches to maximise digital tools and
the opportunities they present. By providing examples of how staff have successfully integrated technology into their practical skill teaching, this project aims to promote positive attitudes towards digital tools within medical education. It will outline methods to overcome barriers to effective teaching using technology and how to respond to the needs of those who learn. It will also highlight several different ways in which technology can be used, thereby shaping attitudes and broadening knowledge in this expanding area.
Similarly this OER will provide students with tips to get the most from digitally supported teaching of practical skills. The presence of the student voice throughout this project supported the development of key considerations and recommendations to improve the student learning experience and ensure student success.

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