Achieve More is a challenging new addition to the curriculum at the University of Sheffield. Students across the university will get the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams to broaden subject knowledge and tackle global challenges, engage with academics and their research at an early stage and develop team-working and problem-solving skills. Students will participate in Achieve More during each year of their studies. Year 1 students are required to undertake a faculty based challenge.
This presentation will explore the delivery of the Achieve More module namely, Faculty Health Challenge within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health. The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health is one of the major UK centres for education and research in health and related subjects. The faculty has a long-standing tradition of excellence in clinical education and research. The Health Challenge has brought together approximately 500 undergraduate students within the faculty in order to investigate issues surrounding health and health inequalities in Sheffield. Working in multidisciplinary teams, students were required to consider the impact cultural and socio-economic differences have health and delivery of health care within the community of Sheffield. Students were allocated into groups and each group allocated a dedicated facilitator to support them throughout the 12 weeks.
The presentation aims to address some of the obstacles faced in delivering a large-scale, multidisciplinary module across the first year undergraduate student body and will identify how online collaborative tools such as Google Sites have been employed over the institutional VLE to provide a framework for online collaborative learning, communication, flexibility in learning and developing community. It will also highlight other aspects of online tools and technologies used to support and generate resources and activities for the module such as personal response systems, WordPress, media support and creation, Google Docs, Google + communities and YouTube. In doing so, we will identify challenges faced in embedding these tools and online collaborative practices for staff and what support mechanisms were needed to overcome these challenges.
Finally, this presentation will describe the feedback received from students and facilitators and outline planned changes for the next iteration of the Year 1 Faculty Health Challenge based on responses relating to using these online tools by exploring the positive impact and the constraints that these tools have had throughout the challenge.
University of Sheffield. Available from: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/why/achieve-more
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. Available from: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/medicine-dentistry-health/index