Brazil on Evidence-based Education


Victoria Brazil, perennial star of the SMACC conference, tackled another education topic at smaccGOLD last March. Yep, evidence and education – are those too words meant to go together? She asks ‘what works?’ and comes up with two valid answers: EVERYTHING and NOTHING. Puzzled? Listen in and consider what outcomes we should really be measuring […]

Are You a Good Educator?


The iTeachEM Podcast is back with an interesting episode on a topic that is not that well understood….how do know if you are actually any good at teaching? Sounds like a simple question with perhaps an even simpler answer, doesn’t it? Well, three prominent educators, Simon Carley, Anand Swaminathan (Swami), and Natalie May will make […]

The Global Classroom

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There has been lots of discussion recently about the “flipped classroom” in medical education and how this is changing the face of education. Rob Cooney from iTeachEM and FlippedEM has done some great work with flipped classrooms. Well, this post isn’t really about the flipped classroom at all. It’s about the Global Classroom. More specifically, […]

Learning Styles Do Exist!

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This post is a response to Learning Styles Do Not Exist “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Chris, say it isn’t so! Learning styles most certainly exist! Before I dig into some important points, I agree with you about the lack of validity of the kinestetic/auditory/visual breakdown as discussed in the video. Different learning […]

Neurobiology and Medical Education

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Insights from neurobiology can be applied to medical education right now. Key concepts from neurobiology that we can use include: the need for repetition reward and reinforcement visualisation active learning optimal stress avoiding fatigue avoiding multi-tasking learning styles revisiting This is explained in the brief screencast below: References Ericsson, K. Anders, and Paul Ward. “Capturing […]