National Teaching Fellow 2008
Nigel Wynne is a Senior Academic in Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Health at Birmingham City University. Having qualified as a nurse in 1992, he began his higher education career in 2000 and has succeeded in making a major impact on teaching and learning within Health in a relatively short space of time.
Nigel passionately believes that in health education better teaching will lead to better care and that teachers have the power to transform lives. A former student, now a professional development nurse, said:
"I have developed a love of teaching and wholeheartedly believe it is because of Nigel.”
He has pioneered, with colleagues, an innovative approach to team teaching called the Linked Teaching Initiative. Here a community of practice has been created that supports health care professionals to jointly develop and facilitate teaching sessions with academic staff.
His creativity has led to the development of an on-line simulation tool called the Virtual Case Creator (VCC). This tool presents students with a wide range of real world, online scenarios that support decision making and problem solving. Positive evaluation has led to funding from a range of sources including the Strategic Health Authority (West Mids), the Digital University Consortium in Holland and the Interactive Digital Media project funding that has supported the creation of a Virtual World VCC demonstrator.
The VCC is transforming teaching and learning across the Faculty and scenarios are already being developed for courses more widely throughout the University.
Nigel and colleagues have recently applied their knowledge of on-line and higher fidelity simulation and learning theory to develop a model of learning and teaching known as Constructively Aligned Multiple Modality Simulation. CAMMS, helps teachers to align different simulation approaches within module programmes in order to maximise learning outcomes. This work has led to invitations to present as a key note or guest speaker at a range of national and international forums and is helping to forge a number of partnerships with NHS Trusts and HEI’s.
Nigel’s work has been recognised through conferment of both University and Faculty Teaching Fellowships and membership of the Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group (JISC). His developments in the field of simulation and skills development have led to a recent appointment as Adjunct Faculty to the University of Pittsburgh, the opportunity to again lead an international team of educators in the delivery of a PG simulation course at the IMSH and a request to deliver a keynote presentation at the 2nd Annual WISER symposium.
Senior Academic Learning and Teaching
Birmingham City University