Review of ‘Miro’ a collaborative online white-board used at the TASME Workshop ‘Clinical Teaching Problems: Pop Up Peer Solutions’ at the Ten Years of TASME: TASME’s Travel Through Time Conference

As part of the TASME Conference ‘Ten Years of TASME: TASME’s Travel Through Time’ in association with MedAll on Saturday 15th May, a few of the TASME committee members decided to run a workshop entitled ‘Clinical Teaching Problems: Pop Up Peer Solutions’.

The TASME committee identified some clear challenges when we, as trainees, design, deliver and evaluate clinical teaching so we wanted to create a buzzing hive-mind whereby other trainees could gather to discuss their own challenges and help one another to come up with peer-peer solutions.

Before the workshop, the TASME committee collected common clinical teaching problems from their peers, colleagues and from the international Medical Education community via Twitter.

The workshop started by introducing some common themes on challenges faced by trainees and early career educators when undertaking clinical teaching. These themes included learner engagement, workplace-based assessments, preparing for practice vs preparing for assessment, and the struggling learner.

We chose to use Miro, an online collaborative white-boarding platform, to encourage delegates to interact with and engage with the themes from their own devices. We asked delegates to use virtual ‘sticky notes’ to place their common issues on the board before facilitating discussion around the main findings. We then went on to encourage the delegates to brainstorm potential solutions to a range of common clinical teaching problems by annotating the existing ‘white-board’ of sticky-notes of problems on Miro.

This is the first time the TASME committee had used the Miro platform as part of a workshop, and we found that it worked effectively to engage and encourage delegates to participate who might not feel as confident speaking-up or writing in a chat in a virtual workshop amidst unfamiliar faces.

We would encourage other Medical Educators involved in virtual education to give this fun, free, and easy-to-use tool in their next interactive session!

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming blog where we will discuss some of the reflections, ideas and solutions that emerged from the workshop!


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