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Supporting placement learning

About this topic

This topic provides insight in to the variety of placement opportunities that exist and how students are effectively supported throughout such experiences.

Placements can provide students with a highly valuable and distinctive learning opportunity that complements their academic studies.

The style and approach to placement learning can be very different to other parts of an academic programme with unfamiliar routines, practices and expectations. Therefore students require support at several stages, including preparing for a placement, during the placement, and upon return to university on completion of a placement. In particular students will often need support to understand what it is that they are learning while on placement. Reflection is an especially important part of this process – and is a skill in which students will require practice and guidance.

The ways in which placement learning is documented and assessed may also be unfamiliar to students and needs careful consideration and explanation. It is also important to ensure that a student can provide evidence of their placement learning, both for assessment and for presentation to others upon graduation.

Employers and placement providers also provide considerable support for placement learning, often supporting that learning on a daily basis. It is therefore important that employers are provided with the resources and information regarding programme aims and assessment requirements in order to support students accordingly.


Case Studies

Reflecting on reflections

Dr Kate Gilliver

Published 21 Jul 2021 • 15 mins read

This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference talks about what reflective writing as an assessment has revealed about the student experience of active learning in a pandemic.


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners | Engaging with student feedback | Assessment design | Providing feedback | Supporting Placement Learning |

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When placements can’t happen

Professor Jane Henderson, Katherine List and Charlotte Lester

Published 22 Jul 2021 • 15 mins read

This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference describes how, in response to the cancellation of workplace experiences due to the pandemic, Charlotte Lester (CU-Alumni) worked with Jane Henderson (SHARE) to offer an alumni mentoring


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners | Engaging with student feedback | Supporting Placement Learning |

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COVID -19 and End of Life Care: A Xerte Storehouse

Claire Job

Published 22 Jul 2021 • 15 mins read

This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference reports on the development of a Xerte storehouse to enable students access to a single resource to obtain vital information to support people dying with COVID-19.


Topics

Delivering blended programmes | Supporting Placement Learning |

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Peru: A fascinating insight into developing medicine

Dr Katey Beggan

Published 16 Jan 2020 • 6 mins read

In this case study, medical student Katey Beggan talks about her experiences studying in a Peruvian hospital as part of her elective SSC. She talks about the differences in medical practise and compares her learning and teaching techniques with


Topics

Ways of learning | Learning journeys | Supporting Placement Learning |

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“What Matters to Me”… Patient and Public Involvement on ZOOM

Claire Job

Published 21 Jul 2021 • 15 mins read

This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference describes how during the pandemic, an academic and patient collaboration mitigated the adverse impact of COVID on student experience by designing a ZOOM classroom session called ‘What


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners | Engaging with student feedback | Supporting Placement Learning |

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This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference describes how student selected component (SSC) experience projects have been a core element of the Medical Undergraduate (MBBCh) programme within the School of Medicine for more than 20


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners | Engaging with student feedback | Supporting Placement Learning |

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