Medical teaching and the ILT
New institute aims to improve teaching and learning
A surgeon lays down his scalpel and picks up a digital camera before taking a series of photos of a liver transection. These will later be incorporated into his PowerPoint presentation, together with copyright cleared images from refereed journals and various websites, including a short video clip showing a three dimensional image of a normal liver, rotating to show all its lobes. A version of this presentation will be used at his next professional conference, with a variant used for teaching his students. This vision of teaching, incorporating the immediacy of current research with effective pedagogical techniques for curriculum delivery, is not a futuristic one - it is happening now in a teaching hospital in the north west.
Medical education is moving at perhaps a faster pace than any other area of pedagogy, particularly in its use of communication and information technologies to demonstrate procedures and simulate risky or dangerous