Education Research Day 2012
On 26 October 2012, the Education Development Unit hosted the second annual Health Education Research Day in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). The welcome address was made by the Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Education, Professor Gonda Perez and the keynote presented by Robert Prince on the national benchmark tests and admissions policy of Health students.
The presenters shared aspects of innovative teaching and learning practices. The use video featured most prominently and the following presentations involved videos:
- Pathology (Drs J Yeats & H Wainwright) - students creating video documentaries' of post-mortems to assist with teaching and learning
- Counselling (Drs G Bresick & S Saban) - using videotaping as a review tool for learning about communication
- High-resolution tele-education project (S Mandyoli & GE Doyle) - sharing endoscopy filming, procedures and expertise across international borders
Other presentations included research on disciplinary sub-minima in an integrated disciplinary PBL curriculum (Dr C Slater), curricular gaps (V Mitchell), the use of short case-studies to overcome first language differences (Dr V Perrot), challenges in assessment and assessor training (Dr P Wicomb & L Pienaar) and online assessment pitfalls (F van Breda & GE Doyle).
Prizes were awarded for:
- Research across the faculty involving the adjustments of first year FHS students by Dr C. Sikakana et al. (3rd place)
- Innovative teaching practices involving active student participation by Dr C. Gordon (2nd place)
- The first prize was awarded to research done on native beliefs' (misconceptions) of first year FHS students in anatomy and physiology by Dr E Badenhorst et al.
The health education research day also hosted sessions where students had an opportunity to present their research. There presentations were of high quality and will help the students in building confidence and experience by presenting to an academic audience. Expansion of the student sessions could encourage health research and learning by students, especially on the postgraduate level, across faculty disciplines.