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The one about Lectures

The value of lectures is evident when lecturers use an engaging, dynamic style that transcends traditional didactic methods. Lectures can foster deep learning and maintain student interest through active participation and well-prepared content, integrating modern insights from cognitive science. We need to consider the many nuances of lecture methods in different formats, like online settings, and teaching strategies that enhance learning outcomes by adapting to diverse learner preferences.

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The one about Remote Work

The shift toward remote work, expedited by the global pandemic, has significant implications for various professions, particularly physiotherapy. This new era not only alters traditional office dynamics but also redefines job roles and demands organizational changes to adapt effectively. Key discussions involve readiness for a remote-first approach, potential benefits like increased accessibility and preventive care, and the reevaluation of physical presence necessities in professional practices. As we transition, adapting systems and mindsets becomes crucial for leveraging technology in fostering more flexible and efficient work environments.

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The one about Technology and the Human Spirit

In the face of ongoing integration of emerging technologies such as AI and digital tools, educators must continuously ask if these technologies truly benefit students, the profession, and humanity overall. Increasingly, we must engage in a deeper evaluation of technology’s human impact and underline the necessity for ethical technology creation, emphasising humane and responsible practices. Engagements like these are essential for shaping how future practitioners use technology in healthcare.

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The one about the Purpose of Higher Education

As the global higher education sector faces ongoing financial pressures, the core purposes of universities—knowledge transmission, skill development, personal growth, and research—are increasingly being scrutinised. While commercial value in research and skills predominates, debates persist about the fundamental role of education amidst escalating costs and societal impacts. It remains important to critique higher education’s effectiveness and economic rationale, highlighting systemic issues and potential reforms.

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The one about Blended Learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching integrates different learning environments in complementary ways, such that the strengths of each compensates for the weaknesses of the other. Introduction Given that I did my PhD on blended learning in health professions education, and that I continue thinking about it often, I’m surprised I haven’t included a…

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The one about Academic Podcasting

…in a world where managerial pressure seeps into our writing, mainstream media oversimplification, and hostile anti-science discourse, there is something wonderfully freeing and exciting about scholarly podcasting. Ian Cook (2023) Introduction I’ve been working on a podcast project at work and so have been thinking about podcasting more often than usual. I keep bringing it…

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The one about Programmatic Assessment

In programmatic assessment, you can imagine assessment information as pixels, where each assessment is only a single pixel in a picture; the more information (pixels) you have, the better the image will be. Cees van der Vleuten (2018) Introduction Programmatic assessment is a fascinating approach to assessment that seems like it would address many of…

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