The Educational Publishing Awards are committed to rewarding excellence and innovation in the publishing industry at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We have put together a series of interviews with the publishers, editors and authors involved in the creation and development of educational resources.
Today we caught up with Lori Dyer, a publisher from Wiley to talk about Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health, a shortlisted entry for the Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning Resource award.
Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health is your first local textbook in evidence-based practice, what can you tell us about the motivation for developing this resource?
Evidence-based practice (EBP) in all disciplines has always been a passion of mine. I was first introduced to EBP by an influential academic during the first year of my master’s degree and it was a genuine life-changing event. It sounds like such an obvious thing to do but the fact remains that we still all go about our lives, making major decisions based on ‘gut’, ‘instinct’ or just repeat actions and decisions because it is ‘how we have always done things’. For example, did you know that around 150 years ago, doctors and nurses didn’t regularly wash their hands before dealing with patients? It seems ridiculous now.
Fortuitously, there was also an absence of a local product in the higher education market to help allied health students learn more about EBP, despite the fact that it is now a mandatory, core unit. So the time was just right for us to produce one!
Why does this textbook deserve to win at this year’s EPAAs?
The product deserves to win because it really is the most innovative solution in its category – in both its content and its delivery. Unlike many existing evidence-based practice resources, Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health is designed specifically for the local market: it is written by a team of renowned Australian authors, highly aligned with the key topics in a 12-week EBP unit in undergraduate nursing and allied health course, and focused on consumers, rather than producers, of research. This is really important as it helps students concentrate on the skills most relevant to them, such as synthesising research for clinical practice.
Additionally, this resource is delivered as a WileyPLUS Learning Space interactive online textbook (no print text!), packed full with branching animated case scenarios, author videos, concept check questions, and other rich media – all embedded at the point of learning.
Its success so far is a huge indication of how much students love the digital resource.
What are your views on the future of the Australian educational publishing industry?
I’m excited by what I’m seeing out there at the moment. I truly believe we are in the most exhilarating phase of educational publishing and we are so fortunate to be able to make a tangible difference in thousands of people’s lives day in and day out.
New technology like augmented reality, virtual reality and maker spaces are improving learning outcomes and moving lecturers away from being ‘the sage on the stage’ to become more of a ‘guide on the side’ and fostering higher-ordered thinking activities.
The future is bright – bring it on!
Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge and thank for making this product the success it is?
First and foremost, we need to thank the authors who worked under a tight deadline and were subjected to being videoed, as well as being forced to write narrative for a 2D game design (capstone, end of chapter activities).
It’s also really important to recognise and applaud the incredible and formidable effort of Kylie Challenor and Bec Cam from our Editorial team – their mark and influence is literally on every page and screen in this resource. Kim Huynh and Hannah Sutton from Marketing created compelling campaigns, targeted messaging and amazing videos to help promote this resource, as well. Ultimately, I am eternally grateful to everyone in the Sales team who got this book in the courses.
Good luck and all the best, Wiley!
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