I am thinking about the skills lab content again. One of the bits of feedback is that they want more hands-on – and it occurs to me that this is not just the case vignettes but also in the skills lab. The focus in the skills lab was a little wrong – it needs to be more activity centric. Sort of like the Icebreaker activity – which was successful – I think also the skills lab needs more “challenge” type activities – and the theoretical content can be left for the eBook or something – similar to what we do with Essential Teaching Skills – we need to keep the focus of the workshop on activities (on doing).
So, the skills labs need to be re-structured. They need to be activity driven. Content that is best explained via lecture or text, should be left to the text – the workshop needs to focus more on hands-on.
So, in looking at workshop one, what is the skills lab content? Editing and commenting in iBooks. Perhaps it should look more like:
- Organizing icons (creating folders, renaming folders, changing which page on icon is on)
- Finding apps (searching iMedcal Apps, searching the library – finding good apps)
- Using iBooks (which covers some gestures as well as adding content and sending an email)
This becomes enough – and I write it up as a challenge sheet and everyone gets a chance to “do” each thing and tick it off the list when they do it. That way, they are doing hands-on and I’m just helping them work through it – filling in the blanks and asking questions.
Now I’m wondering about a link between problem-based learning and teaching technology. I will need to go check the literature on this.
My initial reactions after the workshop were that it worked well. I don’t think it needs two physicians, but it does need more structured activities. I need the activities for the icebreaker and skills lab written down. They need to be written out better. Perhaps for the skills labs, I need actual activities (hands-on workbook) that people go through, rather than me talking and explaining something. A few things I showed worked well, but others seemed like me talking too much, and I wonder if I caused more confusion than I needed to.
In looking at the feedback, people wanted a handout. They felt they were writing things down too much. The workshop definitely needs some kind of resource (this website, but also, perhaps, a one or two page handout that people have in the workshop itself).
We also had a large group (20-people). The workshop would be better with a smaller group – or broken up into smaller groups. The length of the workshop worked well. For most of the participants, they reported “just right”, with only a few wishing the workshop was longer.
The ice breaker activity worked remarkably well. The timing for the workshop was good (right on 1h30m according to the powerpoint timer) – however, we did 15 minute ice breaker activity, 35 minutes each session, and 5 minute wrap up.
So, some quick updates for the next workshop:
- only two presenters (ice breaker could be led by either presenter – technology educator and physician demonstrator)
- handouts with list of apps being presented (perhaps some info on context)
- structured activities for the skills lab – getting them doing more hands-on in this section
Other feedback is that they wanted to know more about medical apps they could use. One challenge here is that many of the medical apps being presented are apps that cost money. I haven’t really figured out how to manage that conflict.