Educational Skills Development

Maximise your capabilities as an APLS facilitator by joining the Educational Skills Development course. 

Directed by Jane Stanford (APLS Educator), Bruce Lister (APLS Instructor & DPA - Education College of Intensive Care Medicine & Master Baker) & Ben Symon (APLS Instructor and iSimulcast podcast moderator), this two day program expands on APLS GIC course content with an emphasis on practical techniques.

The Educational Skills Development (ESD) course has been designed to support APLS instructors to enhance their skills as facilitators of learning. There is no ‘faculty’ for this program as all participants will support the development of each other. 

The focus during this two day course will be on the teaching modes of scenario teaching, discussion groups, skills teaching and on feedback techniques. Participants will be given opportunities to develop skills as facilitators through discussion, practice and peer-to-peer learning.

How to register

Interested in attending the ESDC? Submit an expression of interest here


The program comprises 6-8 hours of pre-course preparation. This includes recommended reading, online videos and materials for you to prepare for facilitation of a small group discussion group, skills station and scenario teaching session.

During the course

Plenary sessions will be aimed at enhancing your pre-course reading and clarifying expectations of you in the small group practice sessions. Facilitation is a dynamic process, so the priority of the program is to give you opportunities to practice.

During the small group practice sessions, all attendees will rotate through roles of:

  • Role-playing a realistic candidate
  • Facilitating the teaching session (skills, scenario teaching or discussion group)
  • Leading the learning conversation for the facilitator and participants

Course Outcomes

It is anticipated that this interactive program will provide you with:

  • Knowledge of current medical education practices
  • Development of your skills for facilitating small group learning
  • Measures to assess the effectiveness of teaching and learning


Registration is restricted to APLS instructors only.

Numbers are limited to 12. Please submit your expression of interest to attend this program. Attendance will be confirmed by July 14th for August program.

Course Dates

Two day course: 

20th and 21st August 2018

3rd and 4th December 2018


There is no charge for this course.

Transport, two nights accommodation and meals (including course dinner at end of Day 1) will be funded by APLS.