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Layers @ AMEE 2016

AMEE 2016 

27-31 August 2016

Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB), Barcelona, Spain

Learning Layers is delighted to be back at AMEE 2016 which will take place this year between 27 – 31 August 2016, at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB), Barcelona, Spain.

On Monday 29 August 2016 we will be running a BarCamp on Informal Learning and Technology 13:30 – 17:30.  Our theme for this session will be informal learning and technology.  Together we will explore and share innovative approaches to using technology to support such learning.  Join us in sharing your knowledge/experiences at the BarCamp – we could even continue over dinner if desired!

Facilitators; Sebastian Dennerlein (Austria), Dr John Bibby (UK), Raymond Elferink (Netherlands), Micky Kerr (UK), Natalie Lafferty (UK), David Topps (Canada), Tamsin Treasure-Jones (UK).

We are now in the final year of the project. The Healthcare tools which we have been developing Bits & Pieces, Confer and Living Documents are all being field-tested in real healthcare work settings and training and support material is being developed in preparation for the pilots this year. Our Learning Layers @ AMEE video gives a very quick overview of the project. If you would like to get a sense of the current state of each tool then you can watch short screencasts of the tools in use here.

Throughout the conference we will again have an exhibition stand.  Last year we had many visitors who prompted some great discussions, insights and plans for further work.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the tools, the project and our dreams for the future. Watch demos, play with the tools and meet some of the Learning Layers team.

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Autumn 2015 News for Healthcare

Welcome to this edition of the Learning Layers update. In this issue we will share with you some of the feedback on the Learning Layers tools received at a recent international conference and give you an update on plans for the pilots.

How would you use the Learning Layers tools? Feedback from Learning Layers @ AMEE 2015

The AMEE Conference is widely recognised as the key conferenLayersHealthcareNewsAutumnce for medical and healthcare professions with an interest in education.  Learning Layers tools were presented 5 different sessions at AMEE 2015, and we also had an Exhibition Stand throughout the conference. We were overwhelmed with the response by healthcare stakeholders who shared with us theirinterest and stories of how they would use the tools.  Here are some examples….

GP, Finland. Immediately saw the change management potential. Lots of change in medical practice in Finland, implementation and understanding of these changes is currently not well managed and the Learning Layers toolset could help with that.

Educational Standards Projects Leader, Switzerland. Confer could help with project meetings and work group support. For example to support round the table consensus meetings, with healthcare professionals working on medical protocols.

Social Health Care Services Provider, UK.  Interested in how the Learning Layers toolset could help to support a range of dispersed teams and individuals we work with as part of a Health & Social Care (specialist services provider; work closely with GPs and others to deliver integrated health and social care services).#

Professor, The Netherlands. Living Documents could be used alongside more standard online learning courses to support collaborative working.

VTS GP Trainee Leads, Ireland & Australia. Learning Layers toolset could be used to support GP Trainees. As well as supporting them in capturing learning for their portfolio, the tools can also be used to help them share and work more effectively in groups online.

Learning Technologist, Swedish Teaching Hospital. Everyone is interested in recording their informal learning and developing it further. At the moment (in medical education and revalidation) the emphasis is on recording formal learning, but this misses all the important informal learning that happens. Bits and Pieces could help with this capture and development of informal learning.

University Medical Centre, The Netherlands. Confer could be used by multi-professional teams to help them provide patient care, exploring and discussing a problem/solution and reaching an agreed and shared understanding. It could also be used with undergraduate students to support problem-based learning.

Medical School, Germany. Bits and Pieces and Living Documents could be used to support understanding and learning from clinical scenarios. This would involve using Bits & Pieces to collect and develop learning experiences and Living Documents to share and discuss these.

Update on Pilots

All the tools are currently being field-tested and we are planning the wider pilots of the toolsets that will start next year.  We already have a number of groups and networks signed up to pilot the toolsets next year and we will begin reporting to you on those pilots in Spring 2016.

Learning Layers Tools in Healthcare
Bits & Pieces, Confer and Living Documents are all being field-tested in real healthcare work settings this Autumn and training and support material is being developed in preparation for the pilots next year. Our Learning Layers @AMEE video gives a very quick overview of the project. If you would like to get a sense of the current state of each tool then you can watch short screencasts of the tools in use here.
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Getting involvedamee_layers

We have a number of groups piloting the tools, but if you are interested joining the pilots and getting a chance to use the tools please do contact us as soon as. Email us on learninglayers@leeds.ac.uk

Contact us

We hope you find this update on our activities interesting. We would really value your feedback if there is anything you would like to add or comment on then please email us.

Learning Layers @ AMEE September 2015

Learning Layers was actively involved in AMEE 2015, which took place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow between the 4th and the 9th of September 2015.

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This was our major healthcare stakeholder engagement event in year 3 and it allowed us to engage with a very large number of healthcare stakeholders from across Europe. The AMEE Exhibition forms part of the Association in Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)’s annual conference . This is the largest and most prestigious international conference in medical and healthcare education held in Europe each year. It is attended by over 3,000 people involved in medical or healthcare education. You can find out more and view the Learning Layers @ AMEE video here.

Learning Layers Mixing & Matching Meeting – July 2015

In July we brought together some of the key healthcare professionals (the Champions from each of our three partner practices), who have been working with us on the tools, to share their experiences and discuss how they would like to be involved in the year 4 pilots. The Education and IT leads from the Clinical Commissioning Groups and a representative of the Academic Health Science Network were also involved.

Aims
Up until this point, each GP Practice had focused mainly on one tool (Bits & Pieces, Confer or Living Documents). This decision had been made in year two in order to help the GP Practice staff to have the chance to really develop a good understanding of one tool and work with us to develop that tool effectively. This meeting gave us all an opportunity to start discussing and planning with the combined toolset field-tests that were due to start later in the year and the year 4 evaluation pilots.

Process
The meeting involved short presentations of each tool, which were done jointly by the LEEDS partner and the key contact (Champion) at each of the GP Practices.

We then separated into two facilitated groups, to discuss potential ways in which the tools could be used. These discussions covered the type of activities that the tools could support (the scenarios), the toolset combinations that would support these and the potential groups who would be able to take part in integrated toolset field-tests in the autumn and pilot studies in 2016.
Results
This meeting was extremely useful in helping us move forward with the plans for the tools integration, the integrated toolset field-tests for autumn 2015 and the year 4 pilots.

  • The group came up with a good set of ideas for scenarios in which the tools could be used.
  • We identified a group at GP Practice B who would try out the integrated toolset in Autumn 2015. This activity has now started.
  • We identified one group (AHSN) who were keen to start field-test with Confer in  autumn, 2015. This activity has now started.
  • We identified three cross-organisational groups (all of whom had representatives at the workshop) who are interested in joining the pilots in year 4. Discussions with these groups are ongoing.

Spring 2015 News for Healthcare

Welcome to this Learning Layers update. In this issue we look at some of the research being conducted by our partners, working with NHS healthcare professionals.

Learning in Healthcare Networks

One area of the Learning Layers research, led by colleagues at the University of Innsbruck in Learning-in-healthcare-networksAustria, has focused on understanding informal learning and knowledge exchange in healthcare networks. This study involved interviewing healthcare professionals, who are involved in six networks from the UK health sector. Our colleagues present a summary of their findings relevant to the healthcare sector below

Study results – Challenges, solutions and recommendations

Challenges
(the key challenges and problems identified by the interviewees)
Solutions
(possible solutions to these challenges suggested by the interviewees)
Recommendations
(drawn from the interviewees’ suggestions)
Information overload Reduce information to the relevant points to make it easier to assimilate.Establish trustworthy sources which can filter some of the information – Meaningful subject lines in emails- One topic per email- Define rules for what emails to forward to whom- Clear rules on when to CC people into emails
Communication with geographically dispersed members of the network Efficient use of virtual communication channels and physical meetings – Monthly/weekly virtual meetings- Commitment about communication tools
Interruption of daily working routines Provision of learning time and relevant learning material – Fixed learning times that do not interrupt working routines- Learning times should not interrupt working routines but be scheduled during working hours
Complexity of content and technology Support for different media formats and technologies that fit with the habits of users – Technologies could be provided by the networks which take into account the requirements and circumstances of users
“Free-riders” and little knowledge sharing Increase members’ motivation to share knowledge – Create awareness of the advantages of knowledge sharing by mentors/role models- Implement incentives for knowledge sharing
Unsuitable language for target audience Language guidelinesNetwork managers to adapt learning material – Adapt language of documents to the target group- Implement feedback to check that documents are easily understood
Concern about the quality of shared knowledge Establish control mechanismsCreate a central database of high-quality knowledge – Development of a catalogue of quality requirements- Assessment/administration of content in knowledge databases

 

Implications for Learning Layers tools

Interviewees reported that filters and personalized services could help to overcome the challenge of identifying the best sources of relevant knowledge, and for assimilating this knowledge meaningfully without disrupting working practices. They also use multiple networks to benefit from a range expert knowledge and to generate their own ideas. Therefore,
there is a need for tools to help manage these dynamics and integrate the information streams of the different network Learning Layers will be exploring how our tools could provide some of this support.
Issues concerning data security and privacy with solutions from external providers were also highlighted. Although they are open to discussing standard and common knowledge, interviewees want to protect crucial knowledge that could be important for competitive advantage. The challenge is to find the right balance between sharing and protecting knowledge, as well as building in robust security features within the Learning Layers tools. Approaches to sharing and privacy are being explored with the groups who are currently testing some of the Learning Layers prototype tools.

University of Innsbruck | Department of Information Systems, Production and Logistics Management Universitätsstraße 15 | 6020 Innsbruck | Austria | http://www.uibk.ac.at/iwi

The Learning Layers tools

We continue working to develop and test the tools. Small scale trials are taking place with several GP Practices. Near the end of the year we expect to make these tools more widely available and to start the larger-scale evaluation.

Living Documents Help Seeking Bits and Pieces
Our tool for collaboratively developingideas, plans and knowledge. Our tool for connecting with staff in otherpractices to share questions, experiencesand expertise. Our tool to support the recording,organising, making sense and sharing ofinformal learning at the workplace.
We continue to hold workshops with theGP practice which is co-designing this toolwith us. The second version of the tool iscurrently being used by a small group atthe GP Practice and feedback is beingcollected.Further development work is alreadyunderway following the feedbackcollected in the first tests. The ability totrack changes to the document is a keyextra function that is being added. We have been reviewing all the feedbackand ideas gathered during our workshopslast year with two healthcare networks.This has helped us to get a clearer idea ofthe real priorities for these groups and todevelop a revised development plan.The development is now underway on thefirst version of the new tool. This aims tohelp bridge the gaps between meetings –providing support for working groups totake their work forward – maintainingmomentum and staying focused. We are continuing to work closely withthe GP Practice who are co-designing thistool with us. The third version of the toolis currently being tested by a group withinthe practice. The group contains a mix ofclinical and administrative staff. The Bitsand Pieces tool is being used within theirnormal working practice for 2 months.

Have we got our focus right?

Getting involved

If you’d like to get more involved with Learning Layers, have any suggestions for us or would like to feed anything else back to the team, we’d love to hear from you. Email us to learninglayers@leeds.ac.uk.

Espoo Exploitation Workshop

A very hands-on, creative and lively exploitation workshop was held at the Learning Layers project meeting in Espoo in March 2015. This structured and facilitated workshop allowed different exploitation teams to consider their exploitation journey – reflect on their aims, their resources and plans for exploitation of the Learning Layers work.

One team focused on healthcare. The healthcare exploitation journey is titled “Smarter Learning and Working for Primary Care Teams and Networks” and focuses on the tools being developed within healthcare and the efforts to make these sustainable by either developing them into commercial products or by developing them to the stage at which other software vendors can integrate them into their commercial products. The poster below (developed from the Espoo workshop activities) details the team leading on the effort, candidates for the first customers and the needs and challenges they face, the value proposition of the products and the top features, the past and future ‘get out of the building’ activities to create the tools, extra resources the team could tap into, and the key partners that the team engages with at different points in the journey.

Exploitation Poster (draft) - Healthcare - v4 - page 1

The different elements of the journey are placed on a timeline shown in the second part of the poster below.

Exploitation Poster (draft) - Healthcare - v4 - page2

Learning Layers workshop with CAMERA: Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

On 23rd July 2014 representatives from the Learning Layers project collaborated with Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (CAMERA) to run a half-day workshop for a group of educational technologists, medical educators and GPs. The aim was to present Learning Layers to an audience of GPs and academics from Plymouth, on the south coast of England, and to explore how we might work with them.

Following a general introduction to the Learning Layers project and discussion of the role of technology in Continuing Professional Development, we gave hands-on demonstrations of each of the prototype tools for healthcare (Bits and Pieces, Help Seeking, Living Documents and Reflect).

The participants were able to explore the prototypes, ask questions about their functionality and feed back with suggestions for uses and improvements. We also gained feedback on whether the findings of our research chimed with the experiences of the participants and whether there were other networks or tools which they used to support their informal learning.

The event was a success and a great way of getting some validation of our findings from a new area outside of the Yorkshire region where we have been doing all our testing to date.

Feedback from the event was very positive, with participants commenting that they could see good potential for the tools to be used and to provide a benefit to end-users. The healthcare sustainability scenario was discussed as part of the workshop and this approach was also endorsed by the participants who felt that it was essential that any new tools fitted within both the working practice and the current IT systems used within GP practices. So the Learning Layers link with Intradoc was regarded as being very important. All the participants have jointed the Learning Layers Stakeholder Network and several have expressed an interest in trying out the tools in their own practice next year.

Note: CAMERA is the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment at Plymouth University. CAMERA is a stakeholder in the Learning Layers project which was awarded our “high engagement stakeholder” badge earlier this year due to its joint work with us in the healthcare sector.

 

Connecting the designers and the users – Stories about healthcare workplace learning – sharing


This video is an example of how Layers is using technology to share initial reports from the fieldwork with the developers and researchers in the design teams. Leeds is undertaking explorative studies with 3 GP practices in the UK, spending time with their staff to understand how they currently learn at work. These videos were made to share early stories and observations from the fieldwork with the Layers developers/researchers to help them to get a richer feel for the healthcare working and learning context. Pseudonyms have been used in these stories; none of the GP practice staff or GP practice names referred to are real. In many cases the stories do not refer to one individual’s story, but to a pattern that the researchers have observed in several situations. This particular story focuses on individual learning then being shared with colleagues.

Connecting the designers and the users – Stories about healthcare workplace learning – help seeking


This video is an example of how Layers is using technology to share initial reports from the fieldwork with the developers and researchers in the design teams. Leeds is undertaking explorative studies with 3 GP practices in the UK, spending time with their staff to understand how they currently learn at work. These videos were made to share early stories and observations from the fieldwork with the Layers developers/researchers to help them to get a richer feel for the healthcare working and learning context. Pseudonyms have been used in these stories; none of the GP practice staff or GP practice names referred to are real. In many cases the stories do not refer to one individual’s story, but to a pattern that the researchers have observed in several situations. This particular story focuses on help seeking beyond your own practice/organisation.

Connecting the designers and the users – Stories about healthcare workplace learning – new medication


This video is an example of how Layers is using technology to share initial reports from the fieldwork with the developers and researchers in the design teams. Leeds is undertaking explorative studies with 3 GP practices in the UK, spending time with their staff to understand how they currently learn at work. These videos were made to share early stories and observations from the fieldwork with the Layers developers/researchers to help them to get a richer feel for the healthcare working and learning context. Pseudonyms have been used in these stories; none of the GP practice staff or GP practice names referred to are real. In many cases the stories do not refer to one individual’s story, but to a pattern that the researchers have observed in several situations. This particular story focuses on learning prompted by the introduction of a new medication.