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Lt Brain Trust: A Meeting of Minds

22 Sep 2017

 Since its launch, a huge part of Lt's success has been due to the enthusiasm of the innovative educators who use this cutting-edge online learning platform.

Lt users around the globe have been proactive about connecting with each other and sharing ideas around digital learning and education, as well as about using Lt and finding ways to maximize its potential! A few of our enthusiastic users even took matters into their own hands and created the Lt Brain Trust as a way to network and share ideas, techniques, and experiences.

This community of users is really important to us. The best way for us to refine our products and services is by having our customers inform our product direction! We wanted to give them a chance to meet each other - and us - in person so we've recently started to hold Brain Trust events around the world!

These events are a chance for Lt users in each region to get together and to attend peer presentations and learning design workshops. They can also talk to members of the Lt team and let our software developers know what they need to be created next. The events have been a huge success! Both the Lt team and the educators find the events to be inspiring and informative.

Professor Anne King of the University of Leeds presents at the 2017 UK Lt Brain Trust event.

Dr Anne King, Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Leeds, has used ADInstruments technologies in lab classes for many years now, and was one of the participants and a presenter at the UK Brain Trust event:

What did you enjoy most about the Lt Brain Trust event?
 I really enjoyed the mix of activities with input from ADI staff combined with talks from Lt users.  It had a laid-back atmosphere which encouraged discussion and audience input.  The event location was excellent too!

What was the most valuable thing you learned? 
What I came to understand was the huge flexibility that the platform offers to its users and I was very struck by the different approaches and material that had been developed by the end users to suit their own specific needs and requirements. Its opened my eyes to new possibilities to use Lt in other courses that we run!

Brain Trust attendees in discussion.

Events like these help open your eyes to possibilities of taking forward and improving your own use of Lt and, of course, collaboration and networking are crucial to this process.  I was very impressed by how open everyone was to sharing what is, in effect, their intellectual property and ideas.  It is also a comfort to hear from others that things that did not go so well for you were common to others too – the platform is evolving and this input from the user community is essential for future Lt development!

The 2017 UK Brain Trust event held at the University of Leeds.

 

Why are events like this important for the life science education community?
Folks are so very busy so there is no point in everyone re-inventing the wheel or making the same mistakes, it wastes way too much time.  So cross-fertilization of ideas and sharing of material is vital for progress.  It is important to share both positive and negative aspects of user experience and attendees were very open about and frank about both their successes and the challenges they faced.


We'd love to hear from you and see you at an Lt Brain Trust event! If you are already an Lt user and would like to participate, just contact us to find out more information about the Brain Trust and upcoming workshops and events.


 

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*Collections include: Preclinical Medicine, Clinical Skills, Immersive Nursing, Psychophysiology, Human Physiology, Animal Physiology, Exercise Physiology.

By Sina Walker

Scientific Writer

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