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      Capturing the wisdom of the crowd: health professions’ educators meet at a virtual world café

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          Conversations about educational challenges and potential solutions among a globally and culturally diverse group of health professions’ educators can facilitate identity formation, mentoring relationships and professional network building. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more important to co-create and disseminate knowledge, specifically regarding online and flexible learning formats.


          Based on the principles of social learning, we combined speed mentoring and world café formats to offer a virtual Zoom™ workshop, with large and small group discussions, to reach health professions’ educators across the globe. The goal was to establish a psychologically safe space for dialogue regarding adaptation to online teaching-learning formats.


          We aimed to establish psychological safety to stimulate thought-provoking discussions within the various small groups and obtain valuable contributions from participants. From these conversations, we were able to formulate ‘hot tips’ on how to adapt to (sometimes new) online teaching-learning formats while nurturing teacher and student wellbeing.


          Through this virtual workshop we realized that despite contextual differences, many challenges are common worldwide. We experienced technological difficulties during the session, which needed rapid adaptation by the organising team. We encouraged, but did not pressure, participants to use video and audio during breakout discussions as we wanted them to feel safe and comfortable. The large audience size and different time zones were challenging; therefore, leadership had to be resilient and focussed. Although this virtual format was triggered by the pandemic, the format can be continued in the future to discuss other relevant global education topics.

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                Perspect Med Educ
                Perspect Med Educ
                Perspectives on Medical Education
                Bohn Stafleu van Loghum (Houten )
                13 October 2020
                13 October 2020
                : 1-6
                [1 ]GRID grid.4827.9, ISNI 0000 0001 0658 8800, Swansea University Medical School, ; Swansea, Wales UK
                [2 ]GRID grid.62560.37, ISNI 0000 0004 0378 8294, Department of Medicine, , Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, ; Boston, USA
                [3 ]GRID grid.12380.38, ISNI 0000 0004 1754 9227, Faculty of Medicine, , Vrije University Amsterdam, ; Amsterdam, The Netherlands
                [4 ]GRID grid.416477.7, ISNI 0000 0001 2168 3646, Faculty Development, , Northwell Health System, ; New York, USA
                [5 ]GRID grid.411729.8, ISNI 0000 0000 8946 5787, International Medical University, ; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
                [6 ]GRID grid.5379.8, ISNI 0000000121662407, University of Manchester, ; Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, UK
                [7 ]GRID grid.9983.b, ISNI 0000 0001 2181 4263, College of Ophthalmology and Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, , University of Lisbon, ; Lisbon, Portugal
                [8 ]Medical Education Development, Global Consulting, New York, USA
                [9 ]GRID grid.1011.1, ISNI 0000 0004 0474 1797, James Cook University, ; Queensland, Australia
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