I’ve been processing the video recordings from the first workshop, and when I attempted to write up some of the medical apps, it occurred to me that there was no way I’d be able to do the demos. I just don’t know the language. It would require a lot of memorization, but also would be very artificial. I needed to get one of the docs to record the demos.
I booked a 90 minute meeting in Jay’s office and asked him to record the demos. I’m thankful that he was up for the task. When I got there, of course there were some connectivity issues. They way I record demos is that I used an app called Reflector that uses AirPlay over shared Wifi to project the iPad on the screen. I then use Screencast-o-matic to record what is on the screen. Unfortunately, in hospital networks (and other organizational networks) the security on the networks prevents the broadcast that is needed for AirPlay. I planned on just using my laptop to create an ad hoc network, but that didn’t work – the iPad wasn’t showing the AirPlay icon. Fortunately, I have tethering on my iPhone – so I setup my iPhone as a hotspot, hooked up both my laptop and Jay’s iPad (I don’t have the apps installed), and we were ready to record.
In less than an hour we recorded five demos, which I shall write up and include in the iBook.
I am hoping that now that I have several demos recorded by Jay, that I can find other physicians willing to record demos. It would be awesome if we had a series of physician-led demos (chapters) for the eBook and website. For me, the collection of teaching tips that comes with the demos is one of the more useful / valuable aspects of this project.
I’ve now looked through the feedback from the workshop evaluation forms. Stupid problem number one was that several people only completed one side of the evaluation form. It is clear that they did not realize the form had two sides. I will need to be much more clear at the next workshop that there are two sides to the form. I’ll also update the form to say or something like that at the bottom.
Themes that emerged from the workshop feedback:
- Resource: participants would like some kind of resource (handouts and/or eBook) to support the workshop. This resource should include a list of apps that are mentioned with their descriptions.
- More hands-on: participants would like more hands on activities and less theory.
- Slower pace: Pace of presentation was too fast. Some participants felt like there was too much information presented
In addition, the pre/post test indicated that the following items were already known by most participants, such that they need not be covered in the workshop:
- Turning on and off the iPad
- Using the iPad to buy an App from the App Store
- Organizing icons on my iPad
As I mentioned previously, my plan is to restructure the skills lab to be problem-based learning scenarios. These will be supported by some form of resource as well as me (or the technologist) being present. It will be sort of liked a “flipped” classroom model, when learners are given a challenge and can work either individually or in small groups to work through the various activities. This will increase the amount of hands-on time, but also hopefully, help people feel like they won’t forget everything they learned the minute they walk out of the room. The resource will also contain a bunch of the theoretical information that originally covered in the skills lab. This information could just as easily be read, rather than presented. The key is to spend the face-to-face time doing hands-on activities.
My other plan is to provide some form of resource. I’m not 100% certain what that will be. Originally, I had planned on it being this website, but I’m realizing that the navigation on this site is much more conducive to looking up things you already know. They need a form that looks more like a book that they can easily follow in a linear fashion. So, I think I may end up building an iBook. I also think I need a few worksheets – pieces of paper that provide a checklist of activities for people to progress through. This model has the benefit to adapt to the level of the learner. Beginner learners can start at the top of the list, where more advanced learners can skip over the stuff they already know.
There will be lots of work involved in putting this resource together. I should be able to get enough together to prove the concept for the next workshop – and then hopefully have more time over the summer to fill in all the blanks.
One of the issues that came up at the initial workshop was a lack of resources for participants. This was not helped by the fact that this website did not yet have resources associated with it. But also, learners wanted a list of apps, they wanted things they could take home.
I have always wondered whether the website was the right medium for this type of content.
In addition to the need for a resource, the other issue is that the workshop needs to be more hands on. The theory part of the workshop needs to be filtered out – and put elsewhere. I thought the website was a good place for it, but I’m finding myself struggling with structure – but also, knowing that they likely won’t ever access it on the website. I think an iBook might be a better choice. An iBook would allow me to add in theory in a book format. They would be more familiar with a book, flipping through pages and reading the content. We use iBooks for other faculty development programs – so the use of iBooks is not unfamiliar – plus the iBooks tutorials are needed for other fac dev programs – on other projects, not just this one … so I could do up the iBook Tutorials and integrate them into several iBooks.
With our other program we also provide the iBook in PDF format. Here, I don’t think I would do that. All the content would be available in the iBook format and on this website. I want to force learners to use the iBook rather than a PDF version – I also think the multiple versions causes a confusion sometimes, as sometimes people will download the PDF into iBooks and then not know why the iBooks isn’t working properly.
So, there is that – once I create a bunch of content, I shall create an iBook to support that content. The big question now is, can I get that done in time for a workshop on May 15th? – assuming we can make the May 15th workshop happen!