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Medical Education
Technology Enhanced Education

Teaching Your Learners with Video

Part of our collaboration with instructors involves encouraging you to think about ways to make your videos more interesting. Below we’ve featured several examples to illustrate ways to capture the attention and hold the interest of your learner.


Inking or Annotating with a Stylus

Inking with a stylus pen is a popular technique that can be used in our studio, or when recording a screencast if the recording device has a touch screen.

A stylus pen can highlight onscreen keywords and phrases to add emphasis. It can be used to guide the learner through a complex diagram or biological pathway by drawing arrows to identify items and using the movement of drawn lines to establish a progression or sequence. Another novel use of the stylus pen is to fill in missing onscreen information such as sketching lines or points on an empty graph, or writing terms & labels on an unlabeled illustration.

the voices of instructors featured in this reel: Dr. Kathy Hyland, Dr. Igor Mitrovic


Physically Demonstrating a Movement, Technique, or Skill

You can conduct a hands-on demonstration, in which you use gesture, physically manipulate objects, or demonstrate a technique. You could also guide the learner through a process such as how to use a website or software program.

the voices of instructors featured in this reel: Dr. Anne Donjacour, Dr. Peter Ohara


Asking Questions

You can spur the learner to think critically by presenting open-ended or multiple choice questions onscreen during your video lesson.  Given the visual nature of the medium, consider using images whenever possible to present these questions.

Utilization of a True/False framework in your questions can help dispel common misconceptions.

the voices of instructors featured in this reel: Dr. Marieke Kruidering, Dr. Igor Mitrovic