Faculty-created Micro-lectures

Project: Prepare Teaching Faculty for Creating Micro-Lectures

When: December 2013 – Present

Since I arrived at the college of medicine in fall 2013, I have worked closely with our faculty to prepare them for teaching in different modalities. One of these is to create pre-recorded short, succinct videos as preparation work for students before they come to an active learning session. This is a little meta, however I wanted to show two videos we made with faculty to showcase how they use various educational technologies.

Amy Lin, MD explaining how she uses PowToon to create micro-lectures.

Elliot Kaufman, PhD explaining how he uses the tablet app Explain Everything (also one of my personal favorites!) to create micro-lectures.

In 2017, as the college of medicine was ramping up the design of the new curriculum, it became clear that there would be a need for educational videos to augment other preparatory material. The concept of having students watch video as prep work is not new, of course. We were drastically reducing the number of traditional didactic education in favor of active learning sessions.

It was a little chaotic in the beginning as faculty were excited and scared to create video. My colleagues at the other campuses and I did numerous workshops and presentations (along with a lot of one-on-one work) with faculty, staff, and administration to help them to understand some best practices with video production.

Challenge: Many faculty felt that they would just be recording a traditional lecture and posting that for students to watch as prep work before coming to an active learning session.

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