Online Course Delivery & Assessment: A Step by Step Guide

April 2nd, 2020

Online Course Delivery & Assessment: A Step by Step Guide

April 2nd, 2020

Offering online course delivery is not as hard as it once was. Some of our University customers are using VEO to teach and assess their healthcare science students remotely. Here how they’re doing it.

There are hundreds of online platforms out there to help you with online course delivery. You can stream live lectures, share course reading or facilitate live chats between tutors and students.

But it becomes a little trickier when it comes to teaching practical subjects. As well as understanding exactly what best practice physically does and doesn’t look like in the first place, students need to develop and demonstrate the skills to perform.

Live demonstrations are one thing, but with healthcare science in particular, review, practice and self-reflection are also essential. And it can be helpful if this is supported by the kind of meaningful peer communication and learning we get in face to face delivery.

So how can it work when you take subjects such as paramedic practice or nursing completely online?  How can you assess to standards as you would in a normal OSCE?

Sharing practical demonstrations

Becoming a competent practitioner is about developing and demonstrating the skills learned in the classroom. But there are ways to hone skills without a physical classroom to do it in.

Lecturers are recording practical demonstrations and sharing them with their students on the VEO platform. They securely share their video with only the people they choose to. This could be with a whole cohort of VEO users or at an individual level.

Highlighting particular learning points

Lecturers set up their own tag sets depending on specific skills or factors they’re wanting to highlight. For paramedic practice students, for instance, they tag aspects such as History Taking, Communication or Interventions.

Students watching the video can jump to the moments that the lecturer has tagged. They can also add their own set of tags to the video for others to see, or add notes to the lecturer’s existing tags.

This simple process works to increase students’ understanding of the video content and how they can put it into practice themselves.

Facilitating discussion & asking questions

Using tools like Zoom, Teams and Google Hangouts, students can watch tutors delivering lectures in real-time from wherever they are which is amazing for knowledge-sharing and development. But with online course delivery for practical training, there are limits. For instance, it’s impractical for whole cohorts of students to engage in real-time discussions during a live demonstration online.

The beauty of using tags in the way that we’ve just discussed is that students can log in to their VEO portal and engage with focused discussions on the videos that have been shared with them at any time, wherever they are.

Here’s a quick step by step of how healthcare sciences staff and students are doing this:

  • Lecturer uploads a video
  • Lecturer tags the video to highlight key moments
  • Lecturer adds a note to each tag, posing a question or comment for discussion
  • Video is securely shared with the cohort with the click of a button
  • Students see the video in their own VEO portal
  • Students can jump to the tagged moments in the lecturer’s video, add their own tags, or answer the questions posed by the lecturer
  • Students and lecturer can see each other’s comments and respond

Critically, this is all happening at key points within the video, meaning the interaction is so much more immediate and engaging.

Skills demonstration & development

Students are being encouraged to create, tag and share their own videos to demonstrate their skills. As well as to undertake self-reflection or to get peer/tutor feedback. They record and tag their own videos to provide more information about what was happening at any given moment or ask their lecturers a question to get their feedback.

The video is then shared with their lecturer, who can also tag it or respond to the questions and give specific feedback.

This cycle of demonstration and feedback is helping learners to develop their skills and become competent practitioners. Just as they do when they’re in the classroom together.

Enjoying flexibility

Everything that the lecturers and students are doing is happening asynchronously when they have the time to properly engage with the learning materials.

They can upload videos to their own portal at any time. Equally, deadlines can be set for completing tasks such as recording and uploading videos, giving feedback or engaging in discussion so that individuals can do this at a time to suit them.

Assessment and Progression

The benefit of documenting skills in videos is that students can see themselves in action.

Tags are being used to assess students remotely, minimising disruption so that they can still progress through and qualify at the end of the course in time. This will allow universities to fulfil their commitment to students to deliver on qualifications and career progress as before.

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