Teaching

Teaching R in Namibia – Day One

Posted on 13 June 2017 by Paul Brennan

As the sun rises in the bright blue sky, I can hear different birds, dogs barking and light traffic. The trees, cacti and the flowers brighten the generally brown landscape. I’m reflecting on yesterday’s teaching and the plans for today. I’ve come a long way to teach R, an open source statistical programming language at University
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Inspiring morning at C21 Curriculum Conference…

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Paul Brennan

This morning I had the privilage of listening to three very interesting talks during the 5th Annual Curriculum Conference at the Cardiff University School of Medicine. I am going to describe them briefly. The first talk was from Ruth Hussey OBE, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales. Ruth talked about the key challenges in Wales
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Inspired by colleagues and students…

Posted on 2 February 2015 by Paul Brennan

I work with some amazing people – open-minded, creative and enthusiastic people – students, administrators and academic staff. These people encourage me to be brave and enthusiastic too. They make me keen to go to work, keen to try new things and keep my working environment positive. Let me give you some examples. Over the
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My first experiences of Case Based Learning….

Posted on 19 January 2015 by Paul Brennan

Last week I completed the first full cycle of facilitation of Case Based Learning. Case Based Learning represents a significant change in the delivery of the Medical Curriculum in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. A high level of student participation in their learning is a key element of new course. I was recently
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Cancer & Genetics Student Selected Component…

Posted on 11 November 2014 by Paul Brennan

Last week, the Institute of Cancer and Genetics hosted a new Student Selected Component for Year 2 Medical Students. The feedback was very positive.  Both students and tutors were happy with the experience. The SSC was designed jointly by Dr Ned Powell and myself with help from Dr Derek Lang, Dr Laura Thomas, Dr Kayleigh
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Making the case for “chalk and talk”…

Posted on 2 October 2014 by Paul Brennan

Yesterday, I spent a very interesting morning at the University of Bath with Professor Michael Danson. I attended my first Enzyme Kinetics lecture for over twenty years. I went to observe Michael’s lecture because he doesn’t use slides for his lectures. Rather he uses the white board and derives enzyme kinetics equations with the students.
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Serving web pages through Learning Central

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Paul Brennan

This week, thanks to Allan Theophanides from the Cardiff University Enhanced Learning Technology Team, I learned how to serve web pages through Learning Central. Learning Central is the local name of Cardiff University’s Blackboard service. We use it to communicate with students, to host learning material and deliver grades. It can also be used to
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