National Teaching fellow 2013
Professor Jo Lymn has been awarded two Lord Dearing Awards for excellence in teaching and learning by the University of Nottingham. She teaches pharmacology to non-medical prescribing students and is enthusiastic about engaging them in this subject.
One student said: “I would say that through the whole course I have enjoyed and learnt the most from Jo’s sessions...Also managed to encourage the students to ask questions and gain confidence in their own abilities.”
She has pioneered the use of a number of innovative teaching and learning strategies, each of which were designed to respond to students’ needs for flexible tools to help them to pace their learning, and identify their learning needs. The international impact of her teaching tools is best evidenced through the widespread adoption of her reusable learning objects [RLOs] by staff, students and patients around the world. These tools have proved invaluable in promoting student engagement and understanding. A student said: “It challenged me to learn and read more widely – really enjoyed the pharmacology, found the extra resources such as podcasts, RLOs and keypad questions extremely helpful.” Jo has actively disseminated evaluations of learning tools (e.g. audience response units, podcasts and RLOs) introduced into this, and other courses.
Jo authored and edited the first core textbook in this area which has been adopted by most non-medical prescribing courses nationally and has received positive reviews from across the UK, including: “This book has been a kingpin in helping me revise…Indeed I am sure I will consult its pages long after I have finished the course as there is much that has been of great benefit in the overall role of a non-medical prescriber.”
The impact of Jo’s teaching is recognised nationally and internationally. She is regularly asked to provide update sessions for non-medical prescribers across the UK and has received positive feedback from prescribers about the value of these sessions, such as: “Excellent update and revision. The interaction with computer questions a good touch. This study day has been extremely informative and thought provoking. I was kept stimulated and interested.”
Director of Learning & Teaching/PhD Programme Director, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Nottingham