Teaching in the age of COVID-19: Enhancing discussion with digital asynchronous chats


asynchronousA significant portion of the technology industry is built around social media and asynchronous chat platforms that seek to connect people. Modern tools are designed with the intention to maximize engagement with push notifications, engagements, and emoji/like integrations that maximize the “dopamine rush” for users; “social media addiction” is a known phenomenon. These tools, when repurposed for learning, provide an easy and user-friendly platform for learners to discuss educational objectives. Chats are the quickest communication form, occurring in real-time and encouraging spontaneity and adaptation. There is a sense of forgiveness, and oftentimes if the chat is anonymous, a high degree of confidence for participation among learners. Use of a moderator is a KEY factor in keeping the discussion professional (and alive!) [1].


Teaching in the age of COVID-19: Small group conversations

Although you can still use technologies like Zoom or Webex to conduct small group meetings, residency programs may find it prudent to stick to known platforms rather than trying to upskill a large group of faculty and trainees.  This is where technologies like Skype and Google Meets (which is the reinvented version of Google Hangouts) can come in. Of note, Google has recently announced that they have made their usually paywalled platform (Google Meet) free during the age of coronavirus, as their way of helping those schools and teachers looking to continue their practice during these difficult times.


By |2020-04-02T13:56:26-07:00Mar 18, 2020|Academic, Administrative, COVID19, Medical Education|

Teaching in the age of COVID-19: Live from the recording studio

Recording your content so it can be broadcasted, also called live streaming, can be helpful if you want to reach your audience in real-time. Recording your content for later viewing is useful for trainees who may be clinically unable to attend (they are working, they are post-nights, etc..) or for faculty who are unavailable too. (link to prior ALiEM videos). It’s also a way to double-dip this COVID-19 catastrophe into the generation of a more enduring product of digital scholarship. So, go for it, record that lecture you’ve been meaning to record… Share your thoughts with the world!


Teaching in the age of COVID-19: Real-time video conferencing

video conferencing

As programs face unprecedented pressure to protect learners via social distancing, many will turn to video as their preferred method to continue delivering educational content. The need to do this in “real-time” makes conferencing applications an obvious choice for content delivery. Programs may already be familiar with this technology for conference calls, further lowering the bar for early adoption. Studies demonstrate the educational content via live video is at least as effective as a live lecture [1]. Further, they have been used to deliver additional content, such as small groups and simulation [2]. With current technology, these tools are widely available and easy to use for educators.


Teaching in the age of COVID-19: Teaching with tech while socially distancing

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With the arrival of SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) in North America, programs are facing the need to reconsider how they deliver didactic education to their learners. The ACGME only allows for 20% of the curriculum to be delivered in an asynchronous fashion. The remainder is delivered through traditional didactic means, including “small-group sessions, such as break-out groups, serially repeated conference sessions, practicum sessions, or large-group planned educational activities.” With mandatory social distancing likely to become standard practice, we present multiple solutions to bridge the gap between live, in-person conferences and asynchronous materials.


ALiEM Connect: EM residencies unite in a mega virtual conference

Weekly emergency medicine (EM) residency conferences are not exempt from the #CancelEverything movement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residency program leaders are in uncharted water, quickly pivoting to find alternative solutions to live, in-person conference sessions. We at ALiEM emphathize with these hardships and want to help. We announce ALiEM Connect, a live educational telecast with a concurrent moderated backchannel discussion on HIPAA-compliant Slack. We want to help.


By |2020-04-02T13:57:24-07:00Mar 16, 2020|Academic, COVID19, Medical Education|

Announcing ALIEM Remote

We are proud to announce the ALiEM Remote series. 2020 has presented a challenging set of circumstances with an ongoing COVID pandemic, uncertainty in the workplace, and multiple educational closures at every level. With our remote series, we aim to help ameliorate these challenges by providing you with great tips and tricks for remote work, remote education, and a list of speakers ready and willing to go virtual for your next department meeting or residency conference. We want to provide everyone in emergency medicine a centralized place to find resources on how to work, learn, educate, and live remotely.

Click below to go to our ALiEM Remote page!

AliEM remote

By |2020-04-02T13:57:33-07:00Mar 13, 2020|Administrative, COVID19, Medical Education|