How to teach - resources

Establishing effective communication teaching programmes is not easy. Whether instigating new programmes or extending existing programmes, all communication teachers struggle to produce effective teaching modules which incorporate best practice and are likely to achieve behavioural change for learners.

As the importance of communication teaching spreads in undergraduate and postgraduate health education throughout Europe, teachers need to learn from each other to provide high-quality education. In order to help them, we have begun the process here of developing and collecting examples and guidelines for effective teaching methods from several European institutions.

On this page you will find an Excel spreadsheet which lists all the resources that we have collected so far on how to teach communication. These resources are divided into categories including experiential group teaching, providing feedback to learners, working with simulated patients, examples of specific teaching approaches and curriculum design examples. There is considerable overlap here with the resources we have also collected about what to teach (teaching resources about specific areas of communication). Many of these communication topic focused resources include descriptions of the teaching methods used by teachers at different institutions for addressing these topics. A list of what to teach resources is to be found under What to teach.
For an overview of the resources see the spreadsheet  'How to teach - resources'.
Members of EACH can click HERE and will be directed to the member area where they can open the portfolios of the categories shown below.
(A portfolio gives you an overview of all the resources in a certain categorie.)
  • Experiential group teaching
  • Providing feedback to learners
  • Working with simulated patients
  • Specific teaching approaches
  • Curriculum design examples

Contribute your teaching resources
We are very grateful for the teachers who have provided the initial material available on this website. Rather than a finite selection, we hope that this will be seen as just beginning of a process where all of you will wish to add your teaching resources focused on how to teach to this collection. We therefore encourage all teachers who undertake communication skills training and have developed material they want to share to submit their material to the teaching resources editorial group of tEACH.
Please note that we are interested in contributions in all European languages. They will be reviewed by people who can read them in the language in which they are provided. We aim to find money to translate particularly interesting contributions to English.


We want your feedback
We also want feedback in two ways. General feedback about the published resources and the organization of the material should be given to the editorial group. If you have downloaded a resource and started using it, we encourage you to send an e-mail to the contributor of the resource and give specific feedback. That way we can all improve continuously, and you become part of a larger European network. Also, it is very helpful for contributors to know about others’ use of their intellectual work.
The teaching resources editorial group of tEACH
Pål Gulbrandsen (leader), University of Oslo – pal [dot] gulbrandsen [at] medisin [dot] uio [dot] no.


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