New Collection of Resources on Clinical Teaching and Learning Experience without Physical Patient Contact
The AAMC has developed a resource collection in response to the significant impact on the teaching and learning of health professionals that has resulted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Designed by a diverse group of educators, this working collection features clinical learning experiences that can be readily used or easily adapted for specific local settings without the need for physical patient contact.
-Polling: Zoom polling & Poll everywhere polling keep the students engaged and is a way to provide answers anonymously
-Zoom breakout rooms: Use them when you can as smaller groups keep it interactive
-Use a Jeopardy slide set for gamification https://www.youthdownloads.com/games/jeopardy-powerpoint-template/
-Make shorter sessions with screen breaks: Students then work on a problem (for clinical practice- write a note, record yourself doing a verbal presentation- can have the group do think-pair-share so they can give each other feedback, etc..)
-Use concept maps for interactive teaching (mindmeister)
-Flipped classroom content (send out articles, record teaching videos, have students create modules)
Harvard recently launched a new web site called Teach Remotely to help faculty convert their traditionally in person sessions to virtual ones. Included on the site are best practices and how-tos with different collaboration tools available to all. And for Harvard faculty there are links to specific tech support resources.
Thank you everyone for sending their Saturday evening with us working together to explore new ways to teach using electronic resources and virtual meetings. The recording of the meeting is below, please feel free to share it with whomever you think would benefit from it. We will continue to update this blog with more details on the technologies we covered and please follow @BIDMC_Academy on Twitter for more updates on teaching in medical education both in person and virtual. We're all in this together and let us know how we can help!
Short answer, always choose a wired Internet connection if you have the option when you are the HOST of a web conference. Avoid wireless connections at work, wherever possible, they are often overloaded. Your home WiFi may be fine but its a good idea to test it first. One way you can do this is to do an Internet speed test. The closer you are to the WiFi access point the better your results will be. Here are two samples from my home:
So if you are the host, and if you are hosting from home, do a few speed tests to make sure you have a good connection. And kick people off Netflix during your talk so you have plenty of bandwidth to play with.
Still reading and want to know more? Here's a quick explanation on networking. When you transmit data it gets broken up into little tiny chunks called packets. Each packet has a header and a payload. The best analogy is the mail. Your computer is the mailbox and the packets are the mail. The mail has an envelope (the header) containing all the stuff we need to know to get to the letter from sender to the receiver. The letter inside (the payload) is what we actually care about. We open the letter and toss the envelope away.
Now our deal Aunt Mildred is worried about us getting bored from the Covid-19 pandemic and thought we could use some reading material. Aunt Mildred is also a bit of a joker so she sent us Stephen King's "The Stand" to us one page at a time all in separate letters. Now we need to transport all those letters here. Hopefully Aunt Mildred is using a wired connection (Ethernet) because it is inherently more stable. I'm quickly running out of analogies so I will just jump to the tech end. The network patch cable that you see plugged into your computer uses a series of twisted pairs of copper. Here is what they look like on the inside:
The twisting is important it helps to reduce electromagnetic induction between wires. Assuming a 256Mbps connection errors should be less than 0.001% losses, or 1 packet in 100,000. So chances are you got that entire novel in one go in the right order without any missing pages. Awesome!
WiFi on the other hand is an inherently lossy medium as it relies on radio waves on top of already being slower than a wifi connection. Errors get introduced because of walls, interference from electric motors, and other other wireless access points. It seems every device out there has a WiFi antenna built into it. Error rates can be high as 10% and you would never know it as an end user as there is so much error checking and requests for re-sending missing or corrupted packets. The software on your computer is programmed to handle these errors and may take steps to resolve the problem. This could be lowering the quality of the feed or dropping bits of data that just got there too late which is why you may see black screens or have the audio cut out.
Now when you are a participant, not a huge deal. Your bad connection only affects you. But as the host it is a big deal as a bad connection means that you are dropping out for everyone signed into your talk. So use a wired connection whenever you can and barring that do whatever you can to improve WiFi including physically moving closer to the access point and cancelling Internet heavy services like online gaming and Netflix until your session is completed.
If you have a Mac with a webcam and have updated your MacOS sometime in the least 4 years you have all the software you need to record screencasts at home. Quicktime has a built in feature to allow you to record screencasts. We shot a quick how to video a few years back walking you through the steps. Total runtime is 1:54 so if you have a Mac and a couple of minutes to spare, here is how to do it:
For more details on screen recording on the Mac there is a helpful article at support.apple.com/en-us/HT208721
Harvard Medical School's Information Technology department has started hosting a series of live video conferences on using Zoom to teach. They have scheduled four sessions per day on Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20 at 4pm. You can see and sign up for the sessions here.
Have you used concept mapping or mind mapping as part of your teaching strategies? MindMeister is a web site that allows you to create mind maps that can serve both as a teaching tool and a collaboration tool. The free version allows for up to 3 mindmaps per user as well as real time collaboration. Here is a quick overview from their YouTube page:
And here is an example of a live collaboration:
You can check out their site at www.mindmeister.com
More bells and whistles are available at different levels of subscriptions. We don't have any ties to MindMeister or any other products we demonstrate on this site. But if you think it may be useful for your teaching we want you to know about it!
Covid-19 is having a significant impact on the country and has resulted in educators and other staff scrambling to implement distance learning and education. The Shapiro Institute has been working to help our faculty deploy eLearning strategies and best practices as quickly as possible. Expanding on that theme we have launched a new web site whose primary goal is to host links to the blogs, videos, software, and other resources that have been collected as well as creating new content that we hope you find helpful.
Please bookmark and share with colleagues. Thank you all and stay safe out there!