Educational Skills Development Course

Maximise your capabilities as an APLS facilitator with the Educational Skills Development Course.

The 2023 ESDC will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd August.  

The ESDC  has limited places for APLS faculty only. 

Successful applicants will be offered a place on this course by the 6th June 2023


This two day program, led by passionate educators from across the APLS community, expands on APLS GIC course content with an emphasis on practical techniques. 

The Educational Skills Development Course (ESDC) course has been designed to support APLS instructors to enhance their skills as facilitators of learning. 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.

You can download a sample course program here

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 and 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. 

The ESDC is designed for active instructors (2+ courses a year) who completed their GIC before 2018. 

Numbers are limited to 16.


Course Dates 22-23rd August 2023

Two day course

Day 1: 0845 – 1745 (followed by course dinner)

Day 2: 0800 – 1630