Ever wondered how to maximise clinical experiences? Ever thought how you learn most effectively?

Strategies for Learning and Teaching

  • learning is a process which combines experience, reflection, thinking and doing
  • different people prefer different style/s of learning, and learn more effectively if they can utilize their preferred learning style
  • learning results from constructive interactions between the person and his/her environment
  • learning is a holistic process of adaptation. It is not just the result of thinking, but involves the integration of thinking, feeling, perceiving and behaving
  • time is needed for learners to process their experiences in order to derive new meanings that can be applied to future situations.

What makes a positive learning environment

Characteristics that have been identified by students and workplace supervisors regarding what makes a positive learning environment include:

  • A welcoming environment where learners are made to feel wanted and valued (not a burden)
  • A culture of learning
  • A safe environment where learners feel it is safe to participate, ask questions, take chances and make mistakes.
  • Appropriate learning opportunities which take into account where learners are in their progression from observers to independent practitioners.
  • Clear objectives which expected educational outcomes and the knowledge and proficiency level of each cohort of learners.
  • Clinical staff who are good role models for students through modelling good clinical practice and evidence-based practice.
  • Well-prepared learners, who demonstrate professionalism and are willing and able to adapt their learning style to new environments

Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment Project, Dept. Of Health, Victorian Government, 2010, http://www.health.vic.gov.au/workforce/placements/capacity/best-practice.

Watch these Videos to hear from students and staff on getting the workplace experience off to a good start.

There are many different ways to facilitate learning and teaching in the clinical environment. Some specific strategies that can be used by both students and workplace supervisors are:

Watch these Videos to see examples of some of these strategies being used during a typical clinical ‘prac’ day. While you’re watching the videos, think about your own ways of approaching these issues, and what you can learn from the information in this section that will help you to achieve / facilitate quality learning outcomes.

Handover
Handover

Getting Organised
Getting Organised

Communicating With Patients
Communicating With Patients

Thinking Critically
Thinking Critically

Reflecting
Reflecting