Online Videos: A New Tool for Medical Education

Joseph Andrews. UBCMJ 2012 4(1):26-27.
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Currently, most Canadian medical schools educate students on core biomedical knowledge through lecture-based courses. However, recent studies indicate that passive lecture-based university courses fail to educate students in an efficient manner. In response, Dr. Sebastian Thrun and Sal Khan separately developed successful online educational models that engage students with interactive online videos focusing on fundamental concepts. This use of online interactive videos represents a new educational tool medical schools can use to engage students in active learning and also as a way to provide standardized teaching to students dispersed across several hospitals or at different campuses.
KEYWORDS: vodcasting, online education, lectures, video, medical education