The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is a graduate college whose mission is to prepare globally minded, community-focused physicians for the rural and medically underserved areas of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the Appalachian Region. As part of their innovating teaching and learning environment, VCOM is using state of the art lecture capture technologies from Winnov and VTLA to record lectures and other procedures to enable students to become better practitioners.
What started out as a method for reaching students on rotation has now turned into a very effective teaching tool for faculty and learning tool for all students, even those not on hospital rotations.
The Cbox program evolved from the VCOM-TV programdesigned to create an effective teaching and learning environment for their students. “In the first year, program content increased tenfold and usage increased 800-fold to include more than 1,000 different educational lectures,” said Jim Rathmann, Manager of Data Design for VCOM.
VCOM has deployed systems in two classrooms where they record the classroom lectures and subsequently upload these to a content management system so that students can review the sessions later, or watch them for the first time if they didn’t attend class.
Expanded Use Case
Another implementation model VCOM is using is the recording studio, where lecturers are able to demonstrate a procedure and record this. The procedure is “tagged” with searchable terms. Students can search for a video of a specific procedure and watch the instruction. Being able to record a procedure for review now and later can improve students learning during clinical experiences. If a student knows that during grand rounds selected cases will be presented, they can review the procedural instructions in advance.
The value in having the recording that includes the presentation materials, an audio track of the instructor’s words, and input from other sources, like a camera or DVD, is that students are presented with a rich, robust visual environment. The value to the college is that they can leverage different instructors’ teachings for all students, including alumnae and residents, if they decide to offer this. Since medical technology is continually changing, recording procedures and information can make the instruction relevant and timely. The content can be edited using the expression encoder, prior to being entered into their VITAL content management site, the system delivered by VTLS. VTLS supports libraries with products such as Virtua, an Integrated Library System (ILS) and VITAL, a digital repository software, and their tracking RFID system, Fastrac.
As campuses and commercial libraries migrate to digital content, having searchable repositories of media is critical to driving content management and distribution. The VITAL system allows content to be easily indexed and retrieved, including rich media. The VITAL system provides a repository for Cbox authored content, allowing users to create rich media content using Cbox, manage content using the VITAL repository and deliver content using VITAL Media cloud
As VCOM expands into more rural areas, their ability to leverage this technology to make instruction available outside the formal classroom can facilitate their delivering on their vision of providing healthcare inexpensively to rural communities. Students love having the recordings to use for studying. Students have the flexibility to playback the recording where and when they want, and can control the playback to meet their own needs. According to Jim Rathmann, “Students have reacted very positive to the recordings. They have commented that they love being able to have access to this information outside the classroom.”
Learn more about VCOM at: http://www.vcom.edu/