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Clinical Supervision: Teaching and Facilitating Learning

Create a conducive learning environment and facilitate effective learning with this online course for clinical supervisors.

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Clinical Supervision: Teaching and Facilitating Learning

Help your undergraduate and postgraduate learners to learn effectively

This online course will focus on the importance of the learning environment for teaching and facilitating learning among undergraduate and postgraduate learners.

You’ll find out out how to: develop effective supervisory strategies, to ensure your learners can balance their placement and study priorities; assess individuals’ learning needs and help them create a personal development plan; and encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.

The course will also cover a variety of teaching methods, so that you can choose the most appropriate one for your context.


  • Week 1

    Establishing and maintaining an educational environment

    • Introduction to the course

      In this activity we welcome you to the course and give you an opportunity to meet the team.

    • The learning environment

      In this activity we will look at the importance of the learning environment and how you can influence it to facilitate learning.

    • Planning learning opportunities

      In this activity we will explore the value of interprofessional education in clinical settings. We will also discuss how to plan learning opportunities for students and trainees.

    • Balancing service work & educational priorities

      In clinical settings, there is often a tension between clinical service provision and educational opportunities for trainees. In this activity we will explore how you might be able to facilitate a balance between the two.

  • Week 2

    Assessing learning needs of trainees/learners

    • Welcome to Week 2

      This week we will be looking at how to assess and address your trainee’s learning needs.

    • Assessment of learning needs

      This activity will focus on how supervisors could identify a trainee’s learning needs (gaps in knowledge and/or skills).

    • Personal development plans

      In this activity we will learn how to guide trainees to create personal development plans to address their learning needs.

    • Facilitating self-directed learning

      In this activity we will look at how supervisors can encourage self-directed learning among their students and trainees.

  • Week 3

    Planning and delivering teaching

    • Welcome to Week 3

      In this final week we will look at lesson planning and investigate the most appropriate teaching method for a given situation.

    • Lesson planning

      In this activity we will discuss the principles and method of lesson planning.

    • Delivering teaching sessions

      In this activity we will discuss commonly used teaching methods and find out how to decide what method to use when.

    • End of course activities

      In this activity we will test learning gained from the course, explore your experiences of undertaking the course, and suggest further learning options.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify and maintain an environment conducive to learning
  • Develop effective supervisory strategies to ensure a balance of service work and educational priorities
  • Assess individual learning needs and guide the development of a personal development plan
  • Engage with and support learners to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and deliver teaching using a variety of evidence informed methods

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for all post-registration doctors and healthcare professionals, especially those holding supervisory responsibility for pre-registration health professional students and postgraduate medical trainees in hospital or community settings.

It is one of a series of Clinical Supervision courses developed by a multidisciplinary group of clinical educators from Norwich Medical School. You can also take:

Who will you learn with?

Professor of Public Health & Medical Education, Norwich Medical School;
Lifelong Learner; Supervisor & Mentor; 'early adopter' but advocate of pedagogy before technology.
Twitter: @vcrodrigues_uea

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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