Digital Excellence Award winner – Terese Bird

At the Discovering Excellence Awards held on 10 November we celebrated some of the most innovative, successful and talented people working here at the University.

Creating a ‘Digital Campus’ is one of the key areas of our Strategic Plan, and while a lot can be done at a University level, implementing this requires people working within departments to take the lead also.

This was the reason for the creation of the Digital Excellence Award, which went to Terese Bird who works as Educational Designer for the Medical School.

Terese Bird

Over the past three years Terese has taken an approach to digital innovation which has been of huge benefit to students within the School, and colleagues have praised her for taking forward this “digital revolution”. The use of digital technology in the school has greatly enhanced medical students’ learning, assessment and communication. The benefit to the students is self-apparent; however, there has been significant benefit to the University because her work has been presented both nationally and internationally.

Amongst other initiatives, she has introduced teaching and learning with iPads onto the first two years of the course, researching at great length and consulting with students to ensure that they get the most out of the use of technology. She has also worked tirelessly to help the medical school introduce online exams, working with external providers to meet the very specific requirements of the school. The Medical School is now in a position to hold online exams for single best answer questions and by the summer of 2017 will be able to hold objective structured clinical examinations [OSCEs] using Practique.

Terese has led the use of social media for learning and established Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Yammer accounts for the Medical School, greatly enhancing our interaction with the medical students in the early years of the course. This is in addition to developing a template for digital student workbooks where students can build their own workbook using digital resources from the internet and University library.

On receiving the award Terese said: “It was awesome to receive this. Sometimes when you try something new you feel like you’re swimming upstream, but it’s great to have the official high five from your colleagues and university that it’s not only appreciated, but it was the right thing to have done.

“What was really lovely was that the nomination came from my colleagues and was recognised by the University. It’s an official award, and now I want to put it on LinkedIn as a stamp of approval for my work.”

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