Teaching radiography in archaeology and forensics - Conference Poster
School of Allied and Public Health Professions - Staff Conference May 2020
The staff conference for the School of Allied and Public Health Professions at Canterbury Christ Church University was held online this year, via Microsoft Teams. I'm pleased to say it was very successful, mostly likely due to clear and direct instruction on the use of microphones by the attendees! Following the submission of my abstract I was invited to present my poster regarding the collaborations I've had with the archaeology and forensic investigation departments. The poster is shown above, but it is also available on my ResearchGate account here.
The poster outlines the creation of bespoke teaching sessions for two modules; The Archaeology of Death and Burial and Forensic Imaging, both for undergraduate students at CCCU. Personally, I loved the experience despite the additional workload because it allowed me to explore the topics I really enjoy in a formal format. Two sessions were created - theory and practical, with use of the x-ray equipment being available to both groups. It was tricky finding suitable x-rays for the forensic sessions, but the website radiopaedia is a wonderful resource that I fully recommend. It's no good as a reference for academic work (I'm directing this at university students!), but the learning resources and images are fantastic to learn about radiology.
Within the poster I provide the feedback from my archaeology (Ellie) and forensic (Mary) counterparts, with a reflective section from myself. Presenting the poster online to everyone was very odd indeed, talking into the camera without the audience made it easier,.. I suppose... and being the last speaker of the morning was a double edged sword - I had no questions as everyone was keen to have a break! Typical. At least my internet connection held out, and I was able to demonstrate some of the interesting things going on outside our health/medicine fields at the uni.
The teaching sessions didn't have direct evaluation from the students at the time, but I got the impression they were well received (see my earlier posts). I hope to continue my collaborations with both departments in the future, at the very least I've experienced how my academic counterparts run their modules and assess their students. A big thanks to both Ellie and Mary for letting me collaborate!