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Director's Message                      

As 2020 has drawn to a close and we start to look at what 2021 will bring, we present this update of MCSHE's key activities from 2020. While 2020 was not quite as we had planned, MCSHE continued to progress the scholarship of discovery, integration, application and teaching in health education research. MCSHE adapted the way we work and the projects we have engaged with in response to the changing landscape of health education in our faculty and beyond. We hope you enjoy reading these updates.

Associate Professor Claire Palermo
PhD, Fellow DA, PFHEA

Scholarship of Discovery

THE ROLE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS' ACCREDITATION STANDARDS IN FACILITATING OUTCOME-BASED EDUCATION: A POLICY ANALYSIS
We led a team from across the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) to explore the extent to which accreditation supports development of work-ready graduates. Accreditation policies and processes were analysed and 18 interviews were conducted with staff from 10 disciplines who had experienced accreditation in the past five years. Accreditation processes were found to emphasise supports, curriculum inputs and systems to optimise student learning. Tensions related to competition between universities and inflexibilities of accreditation bodies related to input versus outcome focused education were identified. These findings provide important insights into enactment of accreditation systems, drawing attention to key tensions that must be addressed in the pursuit of outcome-based education to ensure preparation of work-ready health professional graduates.


SUPERVISION WORKSHOPS FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS
Whilst delivering the Victorian DHHS funded supervision workshops online in 2020 we conducted a realist evaluation of these workshops which were provided to Victorian health and human service workers over 2017-2020. The evaluation was based on the realist review of literature in supervision that we recently published. Additionally, we interviewed both program developers and workshop participants to seek understandings of what worked from the workshops, for whom, in what context, and why. We are in the final stages of writing up this work that we will soon share.

HIGHER DEGREE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 
During late September we held our third annual Higher Degree Research Symposium online. Professor Elizabeth Molloy presented an insightful keynote on shedding light on balance in
academic careers
which was well received by the large audience.


IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON LEARNING AND TEACHING IN HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
We embarked on a research project to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on selective health courses in the FMNHS. We are employing a longitudinal mixed-methods study design using a range of data sources (e.g. survey and interviews/focus groups with students and teachers, student assessment and teacher evaluation) in this study. We have completed the collection of the first round of empirical data. This includes 476 surveys and 8 focus group interviews with 26 students, 95 surveys and 20 individual interviews with teachers. The process of data analysis is underway.

Scholarship of Application

DID YOU MISS ONE OF OUR WEBINARS?
We continued to deliver our seminar series online throughout 2020 with record breaking attendance. We hosted webinars on realist evaluations, moral agency, professionalism and measuring educator confidence. Additionally, we commenced a collaboration with Sydney Higher Education Research Network (SHERN) at the University of Sydney to deliver a series of micro-conferences, topics included; workplace learning, assessment, work ready graduates and patient focussed.
The webinar and micro-conference recordings are available on our website. Details of the 2021 seminar series will be available soon

Scholarship of Integration

MONASH UNIVERSITY-WIDE EDUCATION RESEARCH PRIORITY SETTING
MCSHE in partnership with the Monash Education Academy (MEA) have engaged all faculties across the university in setting priorities for higher education research. We know that by setting priorities we can focus our research effort such that scare resources are directed and greater impact seen. Through a three stage process where we have engaged over 100 key stakeholders identifying priorities and rating and ranking priorities we will work with MEA to develop a university wide higher education research strategy. 

Scholarship of Teaching

QUALITY SUPERVISION IN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COURSE     
in 2020 we launched the Quality Supervision in Health and Human Services Course. This course was designed to extend on the Victorian DHHS funded supervision workshops that we have been delivering since 2017. The assessment component is practically based and focuses on research informed practice, reflective practice and feedback. The inaugural cohort has reported that the course has made their supervisor practice more reflective, with clearer intentions and they are now able to see supervision from a different perspective. This course provides credit against two Monash Graduate Certificate programs.
More information and 2021 dates available on our website.

INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION RESEARCH IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND SCIENCES COURSE
During 2020, there was three cohorts of the online course, with two cohorts completed over 10-weeks and the third being delivered as a two-week intensive course later in the year. Many positive testimonials were received. Participants ranged in professions and were from Australian and International institutions. Participants highly valued the course for expert facilitation and leadership, rich content and engaging pedagogy, self-directed learning with online activities, robust discussion in the weekly webinars, and assisting with developing future networks.
In 2021 we will be delivering the 10-week course twice, starting dates are 12 April and 2 August. More information and testimonials available on our website
Best wishes from the team at MCSHE and
thank you for your continuing support 
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