Optimax 2016 : peer observation of facilitation

Robinson, L, Coward, J, De Labouchere, S, Lowe, J, Mercer, CE, Palmqvist, C and Takavol, P 2017, 'Optimax 2016 : peer observation of facilitation' , Optimax 2016 : Optimising image quality for medical imaging , pp. 117-132.

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Abstract

In August 2016, a 3-week research Summer School was delivered at University of Salford. The Summer School, known as ‘OPTIMAX’ was in its fourth year of delivery. Previous iterations were held in the Netherlands (2015), Portugal (2014) and Salford (2013). The purpose of OPTIMAX is to facilitate collaborative international and interdisciplinary research between university academics and students. This offers an exceptional opportunity not only for students, but also for tutors who want to develop their facilitation skills. The project reported here used tutor observers (i.e. tutors who attend the summer school, in an observational capacity only, to develop their own skills as teachers) to observe, identify and reflect on a range of facilitation practices for managing the diverse OPTIMAX research groups. The project presents a description of the peer-observation method we used and highlights a number of findings related to facilitator strategies that appeared to influence group dynamics and learning. These observations are then used to make recommendations about how OPTIMAX tutors can be prepared for their facilitation experience.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Optimax 2016 : Optimising image quality for medical imaging
Publisher: Open Source Publisher, Hanze University, Groningen, The Netherlands
Depositing User: Dr Leslie Robinson
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2017 11:56
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 15:41
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42179

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