Ranked as the 2nd best Medical School in the UK and 9th best Medical School in the world, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (part of Queen Mary University London) has adopted Myshowcase.me to enhance the student experience and maximise students’ personal and professional development.
With Queen Mary University of London having launched the QMUL model, a teaching and learning initiative designed to support student ongoing professional development, Barts also launched their own strategy within this to ensure that students obtain valuable transferable skills upon graduating. For Barts medical programmes this core component was encompassed by the MEDPRO module, an innovative professionalism component of the wider MBBS curriculum, designed to maximise their personal and professional development.
Prior to working with MyKnowledgeMap, creator of Myshowcase.me, Barts were mainly using a paper-based system for the assessment of undergraduate medical students in clinical practice and faced many challenges such as difficulties in tracking and visualising student progress, as well as enabling supervisors to provide timely feedback and the right level of support to students. The medical school also wanted students to have their own easy to use, personal space to build a portfolio of evidence all in one place, giving them the chance to demonstrate their achievements creatively, in their own way. Due to these challenges Bart sought to complement their first-class medical programme, with leading-edge assessment and portfolio technology to improve the student learning and teaching experience.
After running a pilot in 2017, Myshowcase.me was adopted to support the MEDPRO module, enabling students to easily map evidence against the MEDPRO framework, produce a personalised professional portfolio, visualise their progress and quickly obtain feedback from their MEDPRO supervisors through the platform. Barts have also adopted Myprogress, MyKnowledgeMap’s mobile assessment tool for assessing student clinical skills and competencies whilst in practice, to be used in conjunction with Myshowcase.me (find out more about Myprogress).
“One of the main reasons we chose Myshowcase.me is that it allows the student to create a portfolio and gives them the ability to demonstrate their achievements and progress in their own way. It was important for us that the platform was user-friendly for both students and staff, and Myshowcase.me gives us just that”, says Dr Malgo Miranowicz, Learning Technologist at Barts.
To support the complete adoption of Myshowcase.me, Barts has renamed the platform ‘Barts Portfolio and are now using this across their London and Malta Campuses. Thanks to their long-term investment, Barts will benefit from having a simple, easy to use digital portfolio which empowers students to manage their own learning, demonstrate their achievements in their own way and have a final portfolio which they can take away with them upon graduating – something which is synonymous with the culture and learning ethos at Barts.
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