Annual Learning and Teaching Forum

Held once a year this forum aims to bring together the many teachers and educationists within the faculty for a networking occasion, and also to give everyone the chance to air their work, papers in progress and discuss problematic teaching topics.

Next forum

Friday, 6 December 2019

9am to 2pm, Kirby Institute Seminar Room, Kensington Campus map ref C27

2019 Program and Abstracts available closer to the date

See below for last year's abstracts, recordings and copies of presentations.

Lunch at 1pm following on from presentation of UNSW Medicine Annual Learning & Teaching Awards

To register your attendance at the forum click on the registration link (available closer to the date)

If you are unable to attend personally, you can video conference or watch through Lecture Recording +

Short presentation and poster submissions for the 2019 forum will open in November 2019.

All faculty and conjoint staff involved in teaching UNSW medicine UG/PG students, plus UNSW students researching medical education are invited to showcase their learning and teaching practice/research by presenting a short presentation or poster on their design and innovation projects and educational research at our annual learning and teaching forum in December.

Short Presentations:  We welcome short (5 min or 10 min) presentations on the educational aspects of your practice, e.g. evaluation of your teaching experiences, innovations, curricular or assessment development, and scholarly educational R&D. Presentations of final stage/published educational research by our PhD, ILP, or Honours students is also encouraged. Please send your 200 word presentation abstract (with title and all presenter/authors listed) to Abstract deadline midday on Monday 18 November 2019.

Posters: We will also display any educational posters that have been presented elsewhere during 2019, or you may wish create a new poster for the forum. Posters will be displayed in the  foyer area for everyone to see during the forum breaks. Please send your poster details: title, 50-word summary and authors, to deadline midday on Monday 18 November 2019.

Medical Education Research Student 3-minute presentation: If you are undertaking medical education research as a UNSW undergraduate/postgraduate student (e.g. ILP / PhD) but are not yet ready to present your findings in full, you may wish to apply for a 3 minute/1 slide presentation. This can be submitted recorded as video or presented live. Please contact to discuss options. 



Click on the forum dates to view the past presentations


  • Blending Project and the Inspired Learning Initiative - Where to from here?
    Gary Velan
  • Innovative Online Simulated Patient Interaction and Assessment (OSPIA) Platform improves medical student communication skills
    Abstract | Recording |
    Silas Taylor1, Chunfeng Liu2, Renee Lim2, Rafael Calvo2
    Office of Medical Education1, University of Sydney2
  • Seeing the Wood and the Trees
    Abstract | Recording |
    Andrew Blance & Emily Karanges.
    Centre for Big Data Research in Health
  • Student engagement in the personalised Medicine MOOC: Does the learning platform matter?
    Abstract | Recording |
    Sheri Nixdorf1, Orin Chisholm2, Lincoln Gomes3 & Caroline Ford1
    1School of Women’s and Children’s Health; 2School of Medical Sciences; 3Learning and Teaching Unit
  • Promoting community and increasing engagement: a case study of using peer-review in an external course
    Abstract | Recording|
    Katie Harris1,2, Andrew Lovell-Simons1, Christos Venetis1 & Andrew Blance2
    1 School of Women’s and Children’s Health; 2 Centre for Big Data Research in Health
  • Volume and osmolality of body fluid compartments in humans – A Smart Sparrow adaptive tutorial
    Abstract | Recording |
    Karen Gibson & Richard Vickery
    School of Medical Sciences
  • If you build it, they will come… A blended learning model for large group teaching
    Abstract | Presentation | Recording
    Cristan Herbert, Rakesh Kumar & Gary Velan
    School of Medical Sciences
  • Supporting independent learning with eBooks
    Abstract | Recording |
    Mark Hill
    School of Medical Sciences
  • Becoming an evidence-based doctor: Learning troublesome concepts/skills online
    Abstract | Recording |
    Rachel Thompson1, Barbara-Ann Adelstein2 & Suzanne Mobbs1
    1Office of Medical Education, 2Prince of Wales Clinical School
  • A comprehensive ePortfolio learning approach enhances student professional and career development learning
    Abstract | Recording |
    Jia Lin Yang
    Prince of Wales Clinical School
  • Promoting work integrated learning opportunities to postgraduate students
    Abstract | Recording |
    Holly Seale, Lois Meyer, Padmanesan Narasimhan & David Muscatello
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • The Teamwork Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (T-MEX): Global impact and future directions
    Abstract | Recording |
    Asela Olupeliyawa1, Chinthaka Balasooriya2, Anthony O’Sullivan3 & Chris Hughes4
    1Colombo University; 2School of Public Health & Community Medicine; 3Office of Medical Education; 4Previously with Office of Medical Education.
  • PlayMed – Bridging the gap between student and doctor with serious game
    Abstract | Recording |
    Michael Coffey & Keith Ooi
    School of Women and Children’s Health