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Damion McCormick

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Dr Damion McCormick is an Assistant Professor of Biosciences within the School of Health Sciences. He is academic lead for biosciences within the Division of Nursing. Under the guidance of the Head of School and Director of Staffing he coordinates the resourcing of the biological sciences group across the Division. His main teaching commitments include the delivery of the anatomy and physiology components of the BSc in Nursing. He is also module leader for the post-registration Applied Physiology and Pharmacology module and contributes to several other postgraduate research programmes.

During the initial stages of his academic career his research was focused on the interaction and translocation of lipid droplet associated proteins with hormone sensitive lipase, the rate limiting enzyme of lipolysis. Following his PhD he continued to collaborate with colleagues to develop clinically relevant research studying the pharmacokinetics of niacin derived hypolipidaemic drugs.

His current research interests have been directed towards exploring the pedagogical basis of e-learning resources that enhance the teaching of biosciences to nursing students. The main theme of this research is the development of Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs). These packages are multimedia web-based resources that can be used in multiple contexts. In the initial stages of this research project he collaborated with colleagues to produce a series of RLOs addressing different aspects of pharmacology. Since these developments a wide range of RLOs have been produced as part of the Universities' Collaboration in E-learning (UCEL) and Centre for Excellent in Teaching and Learning (RLO-CETL). Results from this study and other related projects have been presented at local and national conferences. His most recent project that has attracted research funding is a study to explore the potential benefits of using interactive whiteboards (IWB) within large group presentations. The focus of this project is to use the additional functionality of the IWB to enhance the use of open education resources by providing a new platform for student interaction. His experience in developing innovative approaches to learning and teaching has been used at a strategic level to share good practice across the Division. He is an e-mentor and within this role he has helped other staff integrate e-learning within their teaching.

Cross-school admin responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate the development of the ESC medicine calculation exams for the .
  • Member of the maths/medicines calculation group
  • Member of the GNC assessment, care delivery and management group
  • Member of the GNC learning and teaching thread
  • Member of the e-learning and media strategy group

Expertise Summary

  • Liploysis
  • Metabolic regulation
  • Niacin derived hypolipidaemic drugs
  • Biosciences and nurse education
  • e-learning
  • Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)
  • Interactive whiteboards

Teaching Summary

Dr Damion McCormick is Module Convenor for the B71P04 Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing module. Within this role he has maintained a strategic overview of the bioscience component of the… read more

Research Summary

Dr Damion McCormick is principle investigator in a number of research projects. His current research interests are focused on exploring the pedagogical basis of e-learning resources that enhance the… read more

Recent Publications

  • Lead for Biological Sciences
  • CFP Programme Leader
  • Module Convenor for B71P04 Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing*
  • Module Leader for B71P04 Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing
  • Personal Tutor
  • Member of the Information Services Committee*
  • Member of the Learning Teaching and Assessment Strategy Group*

Other Responsibilities

  • Member of the Medical Practice Learning Team (Pilgrim Hospital)
  • Member of the School Of Nursing Educational Technology Group (SONET)

Dr Damion McCormick is Module Convenor for the B71P04 Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing module. Within this role he has maintained a strategic overview of the bioscience component of the Diploma/BSc in Nursing. Under the guidance of the Head of School and Director of Staffing he has coordinated the resourcing of the biological sciences team across the Division. In addition to leading the development of the biosciences he leads the production and review of the anatomy and physiology examinations for the Diploma/BSc. He is a member of the Diploma/BSc curriculum development group and writes the annual Module Convenor's report for the Course Director.

His main teaching role within the School is facilitating the delivery of the anatomy, physiology and pharmacology components of the Diploma/BSc in Nursing. He is module leader for the post-registration Applied Physiology and Pharmacology module and contributes to several other programmes, including the BSc in Midwifery.

Module leader:

  • Diploma/BSc in Nursing - B71P04 Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing (Boston)
  • LBR - B73AH2 Applied Physiology and Pharmacology (Nottingham)

Teaching commitments:

  • Diploma/BSc in Nursing

B71P04 Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing (Boston/Lincoln/Nottingham)

B71P06: Nursing concepts and skills for practice (Boston/Nottingham)

B72A17/18: Care delivery and management 1 (Boston/Lincoln/Nottingham)

B72A19/20: Care delivery and management 2 (Boston/Lincoln/Nottingham)

Dissertation supervision (Boston/Nottingham)

  • BSc Midwifery

DM1103: Biological sciences applied to Midwifery (Lincoln)

  • MNurSci

B74ABS: Applied biological sciences module

Dissertation supervision (Nottingham)

  • LBR

B73PR1/B74PR1: Non-medical prescribing

B73SCP: Stroke care

Dissertation supervision

Current Research

Dr Damion McCormick is principle investigator in a number of research projects. His current research interests are focused on exploring the pedagogical basis of e-learning resources that enhance the teaching of biosciences to nursing students. The themes of this research include:

Reusable Learning Objects - As part of this coordinated approach to e-learning he has made a key contribution to the development of 'Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs). These packages are multimedia web-based resources that can be used in multiple contexts. In the initial stages of this research he collaborated with colleagues to produce a series of RLOs addressing different aspects of pharmacology. Since these developments a wide range of RLOs have been produced as part of the Universities' Collaboration in E-learning (UCEL) and Centre for Excellent in Teaching and Learning (RLO-CETL). Results from this study and other related projects have been presented at local and national conferences. A full list of resources linked to these projects is available at: http://sonet.nottingham.ac.uk/rlos/index.php

Interactive whiteboards - His most recent project that has attracted research funding is a study to explore the potential benefits of using interactive whiteboards (IWB) within large group presentations. The focus of this project is to use the additional functionality of the IWB to enhance the use of open educational resources by providing a new platform for student interaction.

Recent presentations (2010-2011)

  • Networking for Education in Health conference 2010, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
  • Open Education Resources Conference 2010, Clare College, University of Cambridge
  • Presentation: Tales from the whiteboard: case studies in RLO development and usage, The Higher Education Academy 2010, Health Sciences and Practice, University of Nottingham (SLOHSIG)
  • Networking for Education in Health conference 2011, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Funded research projects (2010-2011)

  • Enhancing the reuse of learning objects using digital whiteboard technology, Centre for Integrative Learning, University of Nottingham (collaborative project - research funding awarded in 2009 completed 2010)
  • Developing interprofessional learning with United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (collaborative project - research funding awarded in 2010)

Past Research

During the initial stages of his academic career Dr Damion McCormick studied the interaction and translocation of lipid droplet associated proteins with hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), the rate limiting enzyme of lipolysis. The results of this study revealed that the interaction of HSL with a lipid droplet protein called perilipin was an important factor in the regulation of lipolysis. Furthermore, this study provided evidence that this interaction was an important regulatory mechanism in the action of acipimox; a lipid lowering drug used in the treatment of hyperlipidaemia. Following his PhD he continued to collaborate with colleagues to develop clinically relevant research studying the pharmacokinetics of niacin derived hypolipidaemic drugs.

  • MCCORMICK, D., WINDLE, R. and WHARRAD, H., 2011. Networking for Education in Health Conference: Enhancing the reuse of learning objects using digital whiteboard technology In: Networking for Education in Health Conference, Churchill College, University of Cambridge.
  • WINDLE, R.J., MCCORMICK, D., DANDREA, J. and WHARRAD, H., 2010. The characteristics of reusable learning objects that enhance learning: a case-study in health-science education British Journal of Educational Technology. 42(5), 811-823
  • WINDLE, R. J., WHARRAD, H., MCCORMICK, D., LAVERTY, H. and TAYLOR, M., 2010. Sharing and reuse in OER; experiences gained from open reusable learning objects in health. Journal of Interactive Media in Education. 4,
  • MCCORMICK, D., WINDLE, R. and WHARRAD, H., 2010. Networking for Education in Health conference In: Networking for Education in Health conference, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.
  • MCCORMICK, D., WINDLE, R. and WHARRAD, H., 2010. The Higher Education Academy: Tales from the whiteboard: case studies in RLO development and usage In: The Higher Education Academy, Health Sciences and Practice, University of Nottingham (SLOHSIG).
  • MCCORMICK, D., WINDLE, R. and WHARRAD, H., 2010. Open Education Resources Conference 10 In: Open Education Resources Conference, Clare College, University of Cambridge.
  • 2010. In: MCCORMICK, D., WINDLE, R. and WHARRAD, H., eds., Enhancing the reuse of learning objects using digital whiteboard technology: Lessons from the lecture theatre: Centre for Integrative Learning 3. 94-108
  • WINDLE, R., WHARRAD, H., MCCORMICK, D., DANDREA, J., BATH-HEXTALL, F, LEIGHTON, B., BENTLEY, E., LACEY, J., COOK, J. and HOLLEY, D., 2007. Does A Community Of Practice Approach To The Development of Learning Objects Support Reuse of E-Learning Materials In: Health Science Education INTED.
  • WINDLE, R., MCCORMICK, D, WHARRAD, H., LAWRIE, A., FORD, T., DANDREA, J. and PALMER, C., 2006. Using e-learning activities to release the potential of peer-peer learning in vocational nurse training In: Association of Learning Technologies (ALT-C).
  • ASHBY, J., HUBBERT, V., COTREL-GIBBONS, L., COX, K., DIGAN, J., LEWIS, K., LANGMACK, G., MATITI, M., MCCORMICK, D., ROBERTS, L., TAYLOR, D., THOM, N., WIGGS, M. and WILSON, L., 2005. The enquiry-based learning experience: An evaluation project Nurse Education in Practice. 6, 22-30
  • CLIFFORD, G. M, MCCORMICK, D., LONDOS, C., VERNON, R. G. and YEAMAN, S. J., 1998. Dephosphorylation of perilipin by protein phosphatases present in rat adipocytes FEBS Letters. 435, 125-129
  • LYE, C. M., FRID, C. L. J., GILL M. E. and MCCORMICK D., 1997. Abnormalities in the Reproductive Health of Flounder Platichthys flesus Exposed to Effluent from a Sewage Treatment Works Marine Pollution Bulletin. 34, 34-41
  • CLIFFORD, G. M., MCCORMICK, D., VERNON, R. G. and YEAMAN, S. J., 1997. Translocation of perilipin and hormone-sensitive lipase in response to lipolytic hormones Biochem. Soc. Trans.. 25, S672-673
  • CHRISTIE, A. W., MCCORMICK, D., EMMISON, N., KRAEMER, F. B., ALBERTI, K. G. M. M and YEAMAN, S. J., 1996. Mechanism of anti-lipolytic action of acipimox in isolated rat adipocytes Dibetologia. 39, 45-53
  • MCCORMICK, D. and YEAMAN, S. J., 1995. Perilipin: Characterisation and translocation In: 9th International Conference on Second Messengers and Phosphoproteins, Nashville, USA.

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