Feedback: Summary of the Week – 21 August

The session was largely regarded positively. Discussion of the analogy was the one main point that students found useful. Many felt the absence of the drawings to be a serious issue. I feel frustrated as well, but is slightly worried about the reasoning. I think that the drawings would add to the clarity of the explanations. But here is the but: As a learner, you have to build your own understanding, and be able to evaluate the correctness of my understanding (Bloom Revised Level 5). I am working hard to avoid the Banking System of Learning. A danger exists that learners will just copy my understanding; and this is a problem. It is, however, also possible that the failure lies in the area of multiple intelligences (see Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences – Visual Spatial). This does need more work from my side.
Piggy bankSeveral of you caught the Sugar Man and movie reference, and I appreciate and applaud you. There was some mention of the negative aspects of the music. I am not entirely sure if you couldn’t hear, or didn’t like the music aspect of the session (see Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences – Musical-rhytmic). It is always risky to use any type of multimedia in an education setting. I will most definitely not use it for anything critical.

Most references to the video was positive. Dissatisfaction came from two sides – some wanted a turn and didn’t get one; others didn’t feel to be the target of paparazzi. Thank you to EVERYONE who participated, willingly or not. And next time, don’t video your friend if they don’t want to be famous.

There were a few complaints that the session was supposed to be cancelled and then wasn’t. I am unsure about the origin of the uncertainty. If someone give me more information, I can clarify.

A few felt that the session was just a repeat or could have been dealt with in the practical. Here is the rub. According to cognitive theories, when does learning take place? Learning does not take place during the experience. Learning takes place when we reflect (think about) what we experienced. Between the practical session and the review, you had some time to reflect on the work. The aim of the review session is to repeat and clarify. This assist in internalising the knowledge. The whole process is important for long term retention and not just short term acquisition and regurgitation of facts (see Banking System of Learning). I am laying a foundation – hopefully solid – for your future as a life-long learner.

A final note on the drawings. In your interaction with patients, you will be expected to visualise a range of aspects. The anatomical structures involved in an injury, what the abnormal looks like as opposed to abnormal on an X-ray, where to cut and what you may encounter during surgery. You have to practise this. By becoming proficient in learning to learn, you will be able to approach any situation with confidence; and your patients will appreciate you for this.


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