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The digital transformation of faculty development

Symposium 16 - The Digital Transformation of Faculty Development

Date: Monday 30th August
Time: 1600 - 1730 (UK time)
Stream: Room 1


  • Yvonne Steinert, Institute of Health Sciences Education, McGill University, Canada
  • Ardi Findyartini, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Michael Gottlieb, Rush University Medical Center, USA
  • Subha Ramani, Harvard University, Medical School, USA
  • Teresa Chan, McMaster University, Canada

       (On behalf of AMEE Faculty Development Committee)

Summary: It has been said that we should never let a good crisis go to waste.  This notion has been especially true during the global pandemic, as faculty developers have been thrust into supporting educators and scholars to pivot their programs to effectively use digital technologies for teaching and learning.  In fact, faculty developers have had to engage in the online space in two ways.  Not only have they had to support hundreds of faculty members in converting their own learning environments, they have also had to concurrently explore how to deliver faculty development working virtually to enhance the skills of colleagues and build virtual communities of practice.  During this symposium we will consider how a model for faculty development that incorporates both formal and informal approaches (at individual and group levels) and includes experiential learning, peer coaching and mentorship, workshops and other structured activities, work-based learning and communities of practice, can be enhanced by digital technologies in diverse contexts.  More specifically, the goal of this symposium is to describe a framework that will assist educators to plan – or pivot to – digital faculty development; describe different faculty development programs that have been successful in transitioning to online spaces; and discuss the strengths and limitations of transforming faculty development to digital platforms.  We will also discuss the challenges we face as we learn together in online and hybrid settings, and how the importance of relationships and social networks, central to faculty development, can be nurtured and maintained.  The renewal of our faculty members remains a key priority of all educational programs – and the digital transformation of faculty development is a significant part of this process.

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