The recent escalation of the digital tools and skills in teaching and learning reinforces the need for robust scholarship in this aspect of medical education. The ASME Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) SIG held a one-day online network event on Monday 28th March to provide the opportunity for ASME members to explore some of the many aspects of digital teaching and learning, and identify key areas that need further scholarship to benefit medical education.

The programme included:

  • Digital agility in post-pandemic medical education: myths and reality – Clare Thomson (Digital Education and Enhancement Consultant, Office for Digital Learning, Ulster University) exposed four unhelpful common myths in digital education and outlined helpful, evidence-based realities that benefit learners.
  • Cost-Effective and Tailored: 3D Printing in Medical Education – Amirmohammad Heidari and Maryam Borumand (medical students at the University of Buckingham Medical School) gave a helpful overview of 3D printing in health education and training, and then gave several real-life examples of where printed objects are being used to improve education outcomes and cost effectiveness.
  • TEL-ing Tales of ePortfolio practice – Jane Williams (Director eLearning, Bristol University Medical School/ Faculty Health Sciences) and Tim Vincent (Senior Learning Technologist, Brighton and Sussex Medical School) facilitated a discussion to explore where current eportfolio solutions are helping learners and course teams, and where they are lacking and need further research and development.
  • Where next? – The session concluded with a helpful opportunity to discuss where ASME participants would like see further scholarship and events in the area of digital teaching and learning to support them and their colleagues.

It was a highly relevant and interesting event with helpful discussion from the participants. We shall be running other network events like this later in the year and will be offering sessions at the ASME ASM in July. Please do come and join us.

You can also join the ASME TEL SIG discussion through our JISCMail group, which is open to all ASME members (individual and institutional). We would love to have your contribution to this key element of medical education. Contact us at to sign up.


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