At the start of this event there will be an update on Learning and Teaching Strategy progress, activities and events. If you have any questions on Curriculum Review or Pedagogy Transformation, please do come along and ask them.

Following this, we will be showcasing the teaching and insights of two Imperial staff members.

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Rebalancing the power dynamic in education and health through coaching conversations

Dr Arti Maini

A modern vision for education includes reference to concepts such as student-centredness, growth mindset, self-efficacy, inclusivity, reflective practice, and empowering students to take responsibility for their learning. What is often less clear is how to translate this vision into practice in day to day interactions between faculty and students. Applying coaching principles and approaches to these interactions offers a way forward to support this translation.

Dr Maini will discuss her work in training medical students and faculty in coaching skills and in developing a strategy to facilitate the development of a coaching culture within the Faculty of Medicine. She will share her research findings on the impact of training medical students in coaching skills and explore the application of these skills to educational, health and leadership contexts. The wider relevance of these skills to socially-accountable conversations will also be discussed, including when working with community organisations, with a view to rebalancing of the power dynamic and creating the foundations for collaborative conversations.

Dr Maini is a GP, Deputy Director for Undergraduate Primary Care Education and Coaching Lead for the School of Medicine. She is also an accredited coach and works as a coach trainer and supervisor.


Imperial MedSTEP studentshaper project: Developing self-tests in an innovative staff – student partnership

Dr Tanvi Agrawal

The ongoing MBBS curriculum review recognized the need for an interactive, user-friendly and expansive self-testing resource for the Year 1&2 medical students, mapped onto the Sofia’s Learning Outcomes, which is able to provide the students with high quality detailed feedback. This led to the development of Imperial MedSTEP, which stands for “Imperial Medicine Self-Tests for Exam Preparation”. This self-testing platform has been recently launched in collaboration with the MBBS study skills team which is led by Dr Mike Emerson.

Dr Agrawal will discuss the design of this project, the steps involved, the hurdles faced and the final project outcomes. The promotional activity associated with this project and way to implement this project across different subject areas in the college will also be discussed. She will then give a tour of the website developed and explain the active learning principles employed. A video developed by her studentshaper student partners discussing their personal experience and the value of active learning in self-testing will also be shown. Finally, she will share the feedback from the student partners on the impact of this project on their learning experience.

Dr Agrawal is a teaching fellow associated with the teaching on the Year 1&2 of MBBS/BSc program. She holds a PhD in translational Immunology from University College London.