The Multiplier Event gathered 44 participants in totally participants from them 42 being outside the ALCMAEON project partnership.
The aim of the event, concerning the involvement of target group, was to bring together staff members from the academic sector, universities, press, research institutes to share their experiences in teaching history of medicine and to transfer to those interested in this field.
The participants are:
4 academic staff from 2 public universities in Iasi and Bucharest
5 school teachers from 3 schools in Iasi and Galati county
10 trainers and projects managers from 7 organisations in Iasi
5 researchers from Research Institutes
All the participants are working in the education and medical sector and their registrations for participation in the ALCMAEON Multiplier event, have been accepted based on their interest in increasing their knowledge and competences in developing innovative methods in teaching history of medicine. In this context, the ALCMAEON project has been presented as an example.
The organization of the event was distributed in 4 sections:
The academic environment and European projects. About the benefits of the Erasmus+ Programme
In the introduction of the event, as the first section, the hosts decided to present and speak to the participants about the difficulties in teaching History of medicine nowadays and the lack of interest of the students about that subject due to the methodology of teaching. It was underlined the necessity of a new methodology in teaching this subject in order to increase the interest of students.
From this presentation, Professor Richard Constantinescu mentioned about the essential role the ALCMAEON project had on the support of the teachers teaching a subject that may be for some persons considered boring.
The session was an introduction and an invitation to teachers to get more involved in finding new solution for teaching history of medicine or similar subjects, highlighting the variety of opportunities.
Presentation of the project ALCMAEON – Aim, Results, Activities
This section included:
Presentation of the project main project tangible results are 3 intellectual outputs: Training Package in Medical History for Medical Humanities Lecturers; Collection for Digital Medical Museum; Virtual Video Library with Testimonials from Role-Model Doctors.
Presentation of the Project Activities: Training Package in Medical History for Medical Humanities Lecturers; Collection for Digital Medical Museum; Virtual Video Library with Testimonials from Role-Model Doctors; Training Activity; Multiplier Events.
Presentation of the project target group: doctors and universities lecturers in humanities in medicine, medical students and policy makers in the field of education.
Presentation of the Intellectual Output 1: Training Package in Medical History for Medical Humanities Lecturers containing the Mapping Curricula, Focus Group and the Questionnaire for students.
Presentation of the Intellectual Output 2: Collection for Digital Medical Museum. A digital platform was created and on it we can find a map and digital objects with explanations.
Presentation of the Intellectual Output 3: Virtual Video Library with Testimonials from Role-Model Doctors. There were created 7 videos in Romanian language.
Presentation of the Training Activity – Innovate the Medical History Teaching in Medical Humanities: a Training Program Course. The course was held online in the period 19-23 April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemie.
The course contained 10 modules: Introduction, Self-training, Pre-Columbian Medicine, Pre-Columbian Medicine – Self-training, Hippocratic Medicine, Hippocratic Medicine – Self-training, Medieval and Renaissance Medicine, Medieval and Renaissance Medicine – Self-training, The Modern and Contemporary Medicine, The Modern and Contemporary Medicine – Self-training.
Presentation of the project ALCMAEON project portal
As practical activity, Professor Richard Constantinescu presented the project portal to the participants, including a simulation action about how to register to the portal as lecturer or as student, and what can be accessed and how tests can be done, along with the results review and connections to the video lecturers and other useful links.
The portal was well received, and for the participants was easy to navigate and appreciated the efficiency of the platform and the consistency in offering support to students to understand how to use the information received and answer the questions.
Indeed, the platform was evaluated as being very useful for the teaching face-to-face process, but also for the online teaching – learning process.
Debates on teaching medical humanities
Starting from the ALCMAEON example of teaching, participants were involved in discussions about type of activities with highest impact and best results in benefit of target group can be obtained from EU projects, along with the huge opportunities for transnational cooperation and exchange of expertise among institutions and participants.
The event ended with the Conclusions and evaluation, feedback collection. The presenters highlighted the most important aspects about the need to continue to use the ALCMAEON platform and how important and useful are the resources created for the present and future blended teaching-learning process.
The conclusions achieved:
I consider the project is indeed innovative and should be spread to other subjects too.
The information brought are very useful not only to the students, but also to the teachers and those persons interested in the history of medicine, or historians.
The platform is very attractive for the students and is easy to be used.
The educational resources are innovative and very useful. I was very happy to find information from Peru.
The project can be an example for other countries to translate the material in their language and use it, or just use the English variant.
The students feedback was very important to make the ALCMAEON platform attractive.
Within these projects, new platforms / applications are developed that can be used in the teaching-learning-evaluation processes, but also in the awareness of the problems around us.
Technology-enhanced learning; diversification of teaching approaches; creating and developing a community of practice; facilitating the exchange of ideas, experiences and good practices for sustainable development; developing strategic partnerships, initiating interdisciplinary approaches, innovative solutions.
I particularly liked the diverse information and the digital objects presented. Some of them we never have possibility to see and through this project we receive enough information.