Technology is critical in healthcare. This is becoming increasingly true for medical schools where students learn skills needed to become productive healthcare professionals. Video capture systems are proving to be an effective way to enhance the teaching and learning process for several reasons:
Students Can Watch Procedures and Lectures Any Time
Class lectures and activities can easily be recorded and exported into various digital video formats via a variety of cameras and software programs available nowadays. Within minutes of a live recording, video can be encoded into a compressed video file format and stored on a computer server so that it can be played back by users with password protected access via laptops, tablets, or smart phones from anywhere with a network connection.
Instructors Can Watch Groups Simultaneously or Non-Linearly
Break-out activities and group work are common in medical schools. Video capture systems allow teachers to monitor one specific group or all groups in the activity, either live or after the exercise.
Professors Can Offer Feedback in Multiple Ways
Feedback from instructors during the video playback of an activity can be recorded onto another video during a debriefing session including instructor’s comments. Students can log on after class anytime and watch videos including their instructor’s comments. This reinforces the learning.
Video Clips Can Be Tagged For Quick Reference
Video clips can be saved and categorized to create a library of lectures and other instructional videos. They can be tagged based on their content, making them easy to search for later. This feature can also be used to organize a video-based study guide.
Large Groups Can Watch Procedures in Small Rooms
Many medical procedures are done in places like operating rooms and patient rooms where space is limited and fewer people in the room is preferred. With video capture technology, a delicate surgery or procedure can be shared with a group of students in a lecture hall, classroom or anywhere with a computer and internet access.
Institutions Can Thoroughly Monetize Their Teaching
A medical school only has so much physical space for students on campus. Video capture systems allow lectures, procedures, and clinical training to be shared with students who pay tuition for distance learning programs. This improves the return on investment in technology.
Hospitals Can Share Real-Life Medical Situations
Many medical schools have relationships with local hospitals. With video capture systems, hospitals can record actual medical cases and procedures that take place in the hospital and clinical environments. These videos can be shared with medical students to provide real world examples of what they are learning in class.
Instructors Can Critique Their Own Teaching
With such an involved curriculum, it can be tough for a professor to take a step back and evaluate their teaching style and methods. Using video in medical schools gives instructors this opportunity. They can watch their lectures and demonstrations to critique themselves, or watch videos from other professors to get tips and ideas on how to teach a certain concept or medical technique.
Students’ Parents Are More Engaged
Parents of students in medical school play a big role in the education of their child: Even if they are not financially supporting their child’s decision to attend medical school, they are still there for emotional support. Using video in medical schools means that parents can see what their children are learning and doing. This makes them more engaged with their children’s learning, which gives parents peace of mind. It can also provide a boost for donations.
Video capture systems are becoming more prominent and necessary in higher learning institutions. This is because it saves time, allows for learning from any location, and helps instructors improve their teaching abilities. These are just some of the ways we’ve seen video capture systems helping medical schools, professors, students and administrators. We’d love to hear how it might be helping you and/or how Avidex can help you leverage video and technology more effectively.
About Jeff Miller
Jeff has been working in the professional AV integration industry for over twenty years. During that time he has served as Designer, Project Manager and/or Account Executive for hundreds of projects. As an Account Executive at Avidex, he specializes in Medical, Education, and Control Rooms. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org