ETBLC Board – Alison Hartley

Discipline: Pharmacy, Curriculum Design, Substance Misuse, Public Health

About Me: My current job title is Curriculum Development Associate within the Faculty of Health at the University of Bradford which hosts the disciplines of nursing, midwifery, radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, paramedic science and dementia studies.  My role has a dual focus; firstly it involves supporting colleagues to review, design and enhance their undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which could be on a micro-scale, perhaps reviewing an individual assessment, or on a macro-scale with a total course redesign.  Secondly, I project manage the development of new courses co-ordinating colleagues across the institution through course design, marketing intelligence, approval,  recruitment and evaluation of new programmes.  Most recently having led the development of a PGDip/MSc in Physician Associate Studies (which included TBL) and an International Foundation Year programme.

Immediately prior to this I was the Programme Leader for the MPharm when we rolled out TBL across the vast majority in the programme, having previously been a member of the curriculum development team.  I held this post for three years and was heavily involved in all student-facing activities, including the design and delivery of TBL units/modules, peer review of resources and staff development.

My teaching expertise is related to public health and substance misuse specifically, although I have taught across all clinical areas of pharmacy practice.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy.

I originally qualified as a Pharmacist and worked in a split teaching/practice role at the University of Bradford for a number of years before joining the academic staff full time in 2012.

My focus now has shifted from health practitioner to educator and I am developing my scholarly work.  I am commencing a PhD in October 2017 exploring collaborative learning in social media, following on from a related MEd and am hoping to grow in confidence and competence as an educational researcher.

Twitter: @AlisonSHartley

Interest in TBL: I would describe myself as an experienced TBL practitioner both in the design and delivery of learning resources, but also in supporting staff development in the use of TBL. I find the process of designing new TBL material hugely rewarding, if equally exhausting! I am entirely convinced of the benefits of TBL for our students.

I am now interested in supporting the role out of TBL into disciplines both related to and outside of, my own prior discipline.

I am also tentatively exploring the use of TBL in inter-professional education activities we are currently designing at the University of Bradford.

Publications/Presentations in TBL:

  • Hartley, A. (2015).  Conference presentation ‘An exploration into the evolution of a social networking group to support collaborative learning’.  Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference.  Sheffield Hallam.
  • Hartley, A. Fraser, J. Purvis, J. Tweddell, S. (2015) Developing a Long-Loop Assessment using Team-Based Learning.  14th Annual Team-Based Learning Collaborative Conference Poster Presentation. St. Petersburg, FL, US.
  • Tweddell, S. Hartley, A., Fraser, J. McCarter, R. (2014).  Workshop ‘Team Based Learning: The future is now?’  Higher Education Academy (HEA) Annual Conference.  Aston.
  • Hartley, A. McLean S. (2014).  Poster ‘Integration within the classroom: how to maximise effectiveness’.  Pharmacy Education Conference.  Manchester.
  • Tweddell, S.  Hartley, A. (2014). Workshop ‘Team Based Learning in Pharmacy’.  Pharmacy Education Conference.  Manchester.
  • Hartley A. Fraser A. (2014).  Oral Presentation ‘Experiences of TBL in the UK’.  Team Based Learning: Group Work That Engages Students.  A masterclass from the US and experiences from the UK.  Bradford.
  • Tweddell, S. Hartley, A., Fraser, J. (2014).  Workshop ‘Designing high-quality TBL modules: Evaluating RATs and Application Activities’.  Team Based Learning Collaborative Annual Conference.  Texas.