Published: 20 January 2016 at 14:17
Midwifery tutor set up video conferences for students on remote placements
An Anglia Ruskin University lecturer has been nominated for a national award for her innovative solution to connect with students on placement in far flung areas of East Anglia.
Lyn Jones, a lecturer in Midwifery, has been shortlisted for the Contribution to Midwifery Education category of the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards 2016.
With many of her third-year students on placements in rural parts of the East of England but also preparing for a major module assessment in Emergency Midwifery Practice, Lyn set up video conferences twice a week. This meant students received contact time without the inconvenience of having to travel a long way into campus at some expense.
Each session was set up per topic in the assessment within the module, with two additional sessions at the end to answer student questions and make clarifications.
Lyn has already won Anglia Ruskin’s Made a Difference Award for her initiative and has also presented to other colleagues and departments about how others can make use of the software to improve teaching.
Lyn has been shortlisted alongside Brenda Devine, of Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery, and Veronica Turner, of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity. The ceremony will take place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on 8 February.