Tips & Tricks for integrating DID-ACT courses
On this page we have compiled some tips and tricks for challenges we encountered during piloting the DID-ACT learning units at our institutions. We hope that you find these helpful when integration DID-ACT courses or resources into your teaching.
Addressing potential overlaps or redundancies of DID-ACT with my curriculum
When starting to integrate DID-ACT courses or resources you will have to identify suitable entry points in your curriculum and address potential overlaps or redundancies of DID-ACT with my curriculum. Open Tips & Tricks
Teaching in an interprofessional setting
If you have not yet had experience with teaching in an interprofessional setting and / or this is new at your institution, we have a few tips on how you could approach such an endeavor: Open Tips & Tricks
Involving participants with different levels of experience
Especially when teaching with multi-professional groups or in international settings, you might come across the challenge that your participants have different levels of experience and expertise on the topic. Open Tips & Tricks
Facilitating online synchronous sessions
Most of the synchronous phases of the DID-ACT learning units can be implemented as virtual sessions instead of face-to-face. For example, this might be necessary due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but also if you want to take advantage and facilitate a session for participants across campuses, schools, or even countries. If you have not much experience in teaching in an online synchronous setting, we have a few tips for you. Open Tips & Tricks
Dealing with unprepared participants
A well-known challenge in blended learning settings is that participants are not completing the asynchronous assignments and readings, thus depending on the setting, they are coming unprepared to a subsequent synchronous teaching session. This is not easy to solve if you do not yet have a lot of blended teaching in your curriculum as it requires a cultural change. However, there are some tips and tricks that might be helpful. Open Tips & Tricks
Breaking the ice – familiarizing participants with each other
If your participants are not familiar with each other, we recommend to start a learning unit with an intorduction round and/or using an icebreaker activity. In such cases, please allow for some extra time for the learning unit. Some exemplary ice-breaker activities can be found here.
If you have additional challenges, other tips, or questions, please leave us a comment!