The advances of technology in medical education have brought simulation labs, virtual microscopes, and apps for entering data on the spot in clinical settings.
In comparison to these innovations however, one of the most widespread, simple, and accessible technologies is video.
Video has been creeping into our lives ever since the creation of the TV. Binge watching is now a matter of course and the Millennial generation is close to replacing traditional learning with audio-visual tools.
With the use of video sharing sites, individuals are also beginning to share their patient narratives to help others understand their journey and experience. We’ve heard from countless mental health and psychiatric nursing instructors, for example, who use video cases of individuals with depression so their students can see and hear real cases.
From the same instructors we also hear some of the following:
A need for credible and reliable sources
A reduction of variation
A lack of availability
Quality of the content–the date at which it was created
Not being able to control the learner experience
Regardless of the drawbacks to socially shared content, we see that nurses, doctors, paramedics and countless others are moving towards video to develop active learning, engage with the new learner population, reinforce previous concepts, decide sick or not-sick, and lessen anxiety in clinical settings all while being instantaneously and on the go.
We at ReelDx believe that when it comes to implementing audio-visual tools in your courses, the patient is the most powerful voice.