OVERVIEW: How can apps and learning technology support healthcare professionals’ informal learning and improve practice?

08/04/2013

With Learning Layers – Smarter Learning for Primary Care Professionals in health and social care are involved in learning every day. Learning in practice (which could include learning based on reflecting on patient cases, from patients themselves, twitter and other social media exchanges, discussions with colleagues, reviewing new guidelines or research or sharing learning with others) helps to ensure that high

Layers @ AMEE 2016

03/02/2016

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

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Autumn 2015 News for Healthcare

17/12/2015

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 conference 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

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Learning Layers @ AMEE September 2015

10/11/2015

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. 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

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Spring 2015 News for Healthcare

24/04/2015

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 Austria, 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

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Espoo Exploitation Workshop

10/03/2015

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

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

30/09/2014

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

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

06/10/2013

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.

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