Web-based faculty development: e-learning for clinical teachers in the London Deanery

Clin Teach. 2010 Mar;7(1):58-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2009.00344.x.


Background: the London Deanery has provided a web-based resource for supporting the educational development needs of clinical teachers since 2002. This forms part of a range of resources supporting the professional development of clinical teachers and postgraduate supervisors. Following a review in 2007, the deanery commissioned a series of new e-learning modules designed as an introduction to clinical teaching.

Context: the deanery's faculty development initiatives are one response to requirements of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), other policy drivers, workforce demands and service changes. Increasingly, doctors are required to provide an educational portfolio of evidence, and satisfy the teaching and training component of Good Medical Practice in revalidation or recertification.

Innovation: 'E-learning for clinical teachers' comprises 16 short, open-access, free-standing modules. The modules are built around a unifying structure, and cover core topics in clinical teaching: feedback; supervision; workplace-based learning; assessment; diversity and equal opportunities; career development; appraisal; lecturing; small group teaching; interprofessional education; and setting learning objectives. The modules can be used as a complementary resource to award-bearing programmes. On completion of a module, a certificate can be printed out for the teacher's portfolio.

Implications: reflective practice and engagement with an individual's teaching practice is encouraged through self-assessment and a reflective log. The open-access, web-based format enables engagement with the material to suit a doctor's working and learning patterns, and is a valuable adjunct to other forms of learning. The site has been accessed by over 64000 health professionals (including students, trainees, qualified professionals, supervisors and staff developers) from 155 countries.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Continuing
  • Education, Distance*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods
  • Internet
  • Learning
  • London
  • Schools, Medical
  • Self-Assessment
  • Staff Development / methods*
  • Teaching*