OPT020: Clinical Teaching for Optometrists

This module is for optometrists who are currently engaged in clinical teaching or supervision of optometrists at undergraduate or postgraduate level including pre-registration and specialist level.

It has a particular emphasis on: supporting learning with peer reviewed case discussions; collaborating with fellow clinical optometry teachers; postgraduate education for primary care optometrists; developing new ways of teaching; and using feedback for on-going professional development.  

Start DateDurationCreditsPre-requisitesModule TutorsModule Code
September 201620 contact hours over ONE academic term10 CreditsNoneAngela Whitaker (Leader)
Marek Karas
Dr Fergal Ennis

At the end of the module the student will:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of theory and research about how teachers learn
  • Demonstrate their understanding of theory and research about how students learn
  • Demonstrate their ability to use a range of teaching methods to support clinical optometry students
  • Demonstrate their understanding of how assessment facilitates learning in clinical optometry
  • Evaluate and monitor their teaching using a range of self, student and peer review methods
  • Demonstrate their commitment to learning from students and peers to improve their clinical teaching
  • Demonstrate their ability to reflect on their own professional practice and plan their continuing professional development

This module is taught via 20 podcasts (audio or video plus audio) delivered via Learning Central, the University's virtual learning environment, with supporting resources and references integral to the module. The podcasts present 'bite size' teaching and learning theory linked to the supplied resources and references. Addition: Students will select podcasts that are relevant to their professional teaching context and interests.  It is expected that students will study between 10 and 15 podcasts plus associated resources during the module.

There are also 1 day of direct contact – workshops and tutorials, to include time for assessment. 20 contact hours. This module takes one academic term to complete.

Written Coursework (60%)

Students will build a reflective portfolio by undertaking 4 assignments designed to allow students to focus on application of the module content to their own experience in clinical teaching. If students have limited teaching opportunities, tutors will work with students to enable appropriate experience to be gained to allow successful study of the module.

Practical assessment (40%)

Students will demonstrate their practical skills via preparation and delivery of a short teaching session (e.g. interactive demonstration, lecture, tutorial, case review session).  This will include collecting feedback from learners and peers.  Students will complete a written critical reflection of the practical assessment which is included in the 4 assignments in the reflective portfolio as above.

  • Theory of learning styles and motivation for study
  • Theory and evidence for teaching practices of clinicians
  • Supporting development of independent learning and study skills in adults
  • Creating a learning culture & the language of teaching
  • Clinical demonstrating and clinical supervising
  • Using case based learning strategies in clinical optometry teaching
  • Educational theory and research into assessment practice
  • Work based assessment
  • Designing assessment to facilitate learning in clinical optometry
  • Peer review and peer assessment
  • Self-assessment and reflective practice
  • Critical reflection on personal and professional development
  • Methods to give effective feedback to students
  • Designing different ways to collect feedback from students and peers
  • Reflecting on learning and ongoing professional development

Academic skills

  • Reviewing the academic content of information resources
  • Searching for academic theory and evidence to support learning and teaching
  • Writing concisely and clearly according to academic conventions

Subject specific skills

  • Understanding educational theory and research relevant to clinical optometry
  • Understanding how assessment can drive learning in clinical optometry
  • Developing a range of clinical teaching skills
  • Developing different methods to reflect on and improve professional teaching practice

Generic skills

  • Searching for relevant information
  • Time management
  • Working independently
  • Problem solving & communication skills
  • Co-operating with fellow professionals
  • Critical reflection and self-assessment