Teaching metacognitive skills: Instructional design, video production and pedagogy

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The 2015 National Consensus Statement: essential elements for safe and high quality end-of-life care by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (The Commission) provided the impetus and framework for a major education initiative, led by Flinders University.
The talk will outline the pedagogy supporting the eLearning component of the End-of-Life Essentials project. This project is funded by the Commonwealth Government, led by Flinders University, partnered with CareSearch and developed with The Commission.
When planning the End-of-Life Essentials project we identified learning outcomes that focussed on metacognitive thinking and skills, around end-of-life care, of health care professional learners. Three principles shaped the pedagogy and the metacognitive thrust of the teaching and learning. First, focus on industry-specific cognitive and metacognitive skills. Second, case based learning. Third, making thinking processes explicit in our eLearning, scriptwriting and video production. In addition, several instructional design techniques were utilised to provide learners opportunity to critically self-reflect, plan knowledge translation or collect impressions of their own thinking for growth and learning. Our partnerships with script writers and video producers were central to our pedagogy and created room for learners to understand their own thinking while viewing expert responses to commonly encountered end-of-life case based scenarios. Pedagogy of the eLearning and specifically that supporting the script writing and video production will be discussed.
Issues/questions for exploration or ideas for discussion:
Can thinking skills be taught? Results from our evaluation will be discussed.


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleANZAHPE 2017
OtherAustralian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Annual Conference is organized by Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) and would be held during Jul 11 - 14, 2017 at Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Overview :
This Course focuses on transitions; from the educational impact of large scale transitions in society, health care and culture, to the focused personal transitions that underpin learning and professional identity formation, to leading planned transitions in educational practice. Exploring transitions requires we engage in reflection, scholarship and research, connecting theory and evidence with educational practice. It requires we connect the academy with clinical service and the broader societal expectations of our professions.

The 2017 ANZAHPE conference with its theme of transitions is relevant to all health professionals involved in education across the continuum from pre-qualification to continuing professional education. In being about responding, changing, innovating and learning the theme of transitions puts its finger on the pulse of health professional education. We invite you to participate in a multi-professional conference sure to be alive with big ideas, thorny dilemmas, engaging debates and new vistas.
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  • End-of-life care
  • Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Online education
  • Metacognitive thinking


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