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IPTBL is a pioneering effort in conducting interprofessional education (IPE) using team-based learning (TBL).

jimsil-2“In running this type of events, technology is tremendously important,” said Dr. Chan in the seminar.

We all need to learn to collaborate, and through collaboration, we learn more. With technology, it is now easier to create new collaborative grounds for students. Having a firm belief that “collaborative work will lead to better patient outcome,” Dr. Lap Ki Chan (Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine) initiated Interprofessional Team-Based Learning (IPTBL), a technology-facilitated project, with a team of pioneers, including Dr. Charlene C. Ho, School of Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Fraide A. Ganotice, Jr., Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education; Dr. Veronica Lam, School of Nursing; Dr. Ming Fai Law, Department of Social Work and Social Administration; and Dr. Gordon Wong, Department of Anaesthesiology. The team shared their experience in a seminar on 6 June 2016.

IPTBL – How does it work?

jimsil-2“The future is bright I think. TBL is the way to go in healthcare,” said Dr. Gordon Wong in the seminar.

Collaborative learning is nothing new in education. But what makes IPTBL special is that it is a pioneering effort to promote interprofessional education (IPE) across healthcare disciplines using team-based learning (TBL) and ed-tech. Students from multidisciplinary silos teamed up to tackle clinical cases, debate on questions and appeal to facilitators regarding the answers. So far, the project has successfully broken down the silos of 7 different programmes and engaged 600 students from HKU and PolyU.

The use of ed-tech
It would be impossible to engage such a large number of learners simultaneously without the help of technology. To enable effective class management, an e-platform called the Learning Activity Management System (LAMS) was utilized. It allowed teachers to track the progress of all students through the different stages of TBL.

Technology makes collaboration easier in the classroom. Contact us if you want to create new collaborative opportunities for your students.

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Further reading:
Larry Michaelson, L. (2009). The Essential Elements of Team-Based Learning. Adapted from Chapter 1 of Michaelsen, L., Sweet, M. & Parmalee, D. (2009). Team-Based Learning: Small Group Learning’s Next Big Step. New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 7-27.
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Date : June 6, 2016 (Monday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speakers : Dr. Lap Ki Chan
Assistant Dean (Pedagogy), Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences

Panelists :
Dr. Charlene C. Ho, School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Fraide A. Ganotice, Jr., Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education
Dr. Veronica Lam, School of Nursing
Dr. Law Ming Fai, Department of Social Work and Social Administration
Dr. Gordon Wong, Department of Anaesthesiology

About the seminar:

Interprofessional team-based learning (IPTBL) is an innovative teaching initiative which aims at promoting active learning and collaborations across disciplines. The students work in teams and learn how the various medical specialities resolve clinical cases together. IPTBL gives students from various disciplines an opportunity to develop friendship and work with pre-professionals of other expertise before they practice in the “real world”.

In this seminar, Dr. Lap Ki Chan, the Principal Investigator of a UGC-funded project on IPTBL, will share with you the key features of this new pedagogy, as well as his pioneering experience in implementing IPTBL with 500+ students from HKU and PolyU across 7 different programmes related to medical health care.

Learn more about IPTBL here.

About Dr. Lap Ki Chan:

Dr. Lap Ki Chan, M.B.B.S. (HK), F.H.K.A.M., F.H.K.C.O.S. (Orthopedics), F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh), Ph.D. (Duke), is an associate professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences, the Deputy Director of Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education, and an Assistant Dean (Pedagogy) at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. He has a background in orthopedics and physical anthropology and teaches gross anatomy to medical and other health professional students and is the coordinator of the Education Division of Anatomy in the School of Biomedical Sciences. His teaching excellence has been recognized by such awards as the Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Hong Kong. He is the educator in the Asia Pacific region for the AO Foundation (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen). He serves as an associate editor for Anatomical Sciences Education and has co-edited the book “Teaching Anatomy – A Practical Guide” (Springer). His research interests include innovative pedagogies in anatomy education, teacher training, and interprofessional education.


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