As an educator, do you struggle to keep updated with important research papers being published in peer-reviewed journals?
The presence of numerous journals in the optometric field and lack of access makes it difficult for many educators to keep pace with published research. Hence IACLE and BCLA have taken the step of providing a regular, monthly summary of important and interesting contact lens-related research papers published in the literature for your quick reference.
Compiled by the IACLE Education Team and supported by the British Contact Lens Association, Research Update is a resource available exclusively to IACLE and BCLA members.
This initiative will give educators multiple opportunities, such as to:
- Teach evidence-based science and practice
- Make your interactions with students more engaging and meaningful
- Encourage critical analysis of research papers
- Keep up to date in your area of interest
- Generate ideas for future research topics
- Explore the possibility of collaboration in common areas of interest
How can you maximize this resource?
Here are just a few ideas for incorporating Research Update in your teaching:
- Use it to teach students how to carry out a literature search and evaluate evidence
- Conduct a lunchtime journal club with one assigned student/s presenting a critical analysis of a paper while the group provides additional inputs
- Establish Discussion Forums where students are encouraged to interact – these could be on virtual platforms too
- Encourage students to identify areas of further research
Access the member login for an archive of Research Updates under Research
What our members say about Research Update…
“This is a great initiative by IACLE and BCLA to provide members with updates on research. As an active IACLE member, I find the information very helpful to impart to our students and apply in our routine practice. We have reached the era of evidence-based practice and this research-based resource will help uplift our practice and lead to better outcomes. A big thumbs-up to IACLE and BCLA for undertaking the herculean task of gathering all the important articles from different journals. I am very sure this will help us to carry out further research in future.”
Premjit Bhakat, Manipal University, India
“As a contact lens practitioner and educator, this Research Update initiative will help me stay abreast of developments in the field. It’s also inspiring and thought provoking in terms of what research we can conduct in our own practices. Sometimes, due to limited access, we miss reading about these studies. This is knowledge served on a plate and all IACLE members should use it to its full potential. Another great initiative by team IACLE.”
Gauri Kunjeer Patel, Nagar School of Optometry, India