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  • We want to try and do this a different way of learning. Learning that’s going to be

  • a bit more interactive, helping to develop skills that employers need for the future

  • so developing things like critical thinking skills, employability skills, communication

  • skills, working with others because these are the all things that are needed by healthcare

  • professionals of the future. We want to put a curriculum together that was based on sound

  • educational theory and something that would be sustainable for future generations of pharmacists

  • in practise. So we started this team based learning process

  • in September 2012 and it’s been fabulous, it’s just been phenomenal the success of

  • it so far. We sense that our students are really enjoying it as well. Weve got an

  • awful lot of formal feedback mechanisms with our students and theyre telling us that

  • it’s working really well but then there’s the sense that I get as I’m teaching in

  • a session the students are coming prepared, coming ready, theyre taking it seriously,

  • theyre engaged and when you are wandering around the room facilitating the session you

  • can just hear the level of the conversation it’s far deeper than anything weve experienced

  • before in sessions. Coming from college I found team based learning

  • to be quiet new but quiet exciting at the same time it’s completely different to what

  • I was expecting and comparing it to a normal University when youre attending lectures

  • it’s a great way of expressing yourself and monitoring your progress in terms of learning

  • and a great way of taking part in activities which you wouldn’t usually be able to so

  • using technology such as clickers were able to constantly move forward in terms of

  • the way learning delivered as opposed to just attending lectures and having to absorb a

  • lot of information in such a short time. What’s different about pharmacy at Bradford

  • is that we want to take a learner centred approach to student learning so were going

  • to use a new learning teaching strategy called team based learning. Team based learning works

  • by helping to develop critical thinking skills, it helps to develop independent learning skills,

  • and it motivates students to come to class. We want to make sure were developing students

  • that employers want of the future to make sure they have got those capabilities for

  • employment in pharmacy in the 21st century. Team based learning is a more effective way

  • of learning we believe than traditional methods because there’s an incentive for students

  • to come to class, there’s incentive for students to prepare for class because when

  • they come to class they have it checked that they have done the work in advance. It’s

  • more about not just learning in class but when their actually in class theyll learn

  • how to use that new knowledge so when theyre doing that team test which they do as a team

  • between 5 and 7 people they get immediate feedback whether they have got the answers

  • right or wrong. Actually what we are finding is the teams

  • themselves are providing a lot of that supportive learning so I can come in and help on those

  • either the topics that need a bit little time and effort or the students that need a little

  • bit more support At first everyone was in the same position

  • they were likeHi who are you?” Andwhere you from?” and we all have different

  • hobbies so it’s really nice to meet people with different interests. At the moment were

  • helping each other we have one girl who’s really good at chemistry and I’m more into

  • the psychology side of it so we really help out each other in those circumstances. We

  • have some people who are really good at explaining how they got to an answer so they can explain

  • their rationale whereas I am more intowhy is this like this?”

  • There’s always that aspect of competitiveness but it’s friendly competitiveness you always

  • want to be one step ahead of the next team but at the same time you want to be sure of

  • yourself you want to be confident that your answer is the right answer.

  • We always try to make sure that our answer is right in the first place but our explanation

  • is always strong. Rather than us giving a lecture and us not

  • understanding or knowing whether that the students have actually t what we have said.

  • This method gets you to do a test first; we get can immediate feedback from them on whether

  • they have understood on what we are saying. We assess the students and we can go through

  • those results in real time. So if we can see there’s 30 per cent of

  • the room are struggling on a concept I can really focus my teaching on that part so rather

  • than teaching on the bits we can do well we can spend time looking at the bits that the

  • majority are struggling on Students will benefit from this new type of

  • teaching really by being able to work with each other, by developing those team working

  • skills. With team based learning it’s more fun it’s more enjoyable it’s more active

  • learning. It’s not just us sitting in a lecture theatre and absorbing information.

  • It’s discussing it with peers, it’s learning from peers and solving problems that we give

  • them in a meaningful and authentic way that theyll need for practise in the future.

  • When our students graduate and they are practising as pharmacists they will be working in teams

  • and they will need those problem solving skills, those critical analysis skills, those communication

  • skills and were giving them the opportunity to practise that on a daily basis.

  • We believe that at team based learning well make our students stand out in the crowd by

  • developing these skills for employment it will help to meet employer needs it will help

  • to develop communication skills, their collaboration skills, their teamwork skills. Employers believe

  • that those are the skills that we need for our pharmacy graduates for the future to be

  • able to work with each other and overall we believe it will help them to become lifelong

  • learners.

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