Getting a full screen Youtube video with no links at the end

Dr. Mayorga
By Dr. Eduardo Mayorga

Many times you upload videos to YouTube to which you link to. If you use the link YouTube gives you your video runs inside a YouTube page, with other videos around it and at the end more links to videos are shown. Even if you use the “embed” code, at the end you are offered more videos.

See below how you can modify your link so your video runs full page with no videos around or at the end.

Following is the link that shows at the top of your browser when you use the link YouTube gives you.
Try it now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RruIia4cL0o

Following is the link that will give you a full screen with no videos at the end.
Try it now: https://www.youtube.com/embed/RruIia4cL0o?rel=0

In red I show the parts I took away from the original link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RruIia4cL0o

In blue I show the parts I added to the new link
https://www.youtube.com/embed/RruIia4cL0o?rel=0

Now you can try it with one of your videos

Good luck!

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Posted in 2016 | Leave a comment

Random name picker

Dr. Mayorga
By Dr. Eduardo Mayorga

Maintaining attention when lecturing medical students or residents is not easy. One of the ways we capture attention is making our lecture interactive by asking questions.

One of the problems we have with this is that we usually use a volunteer approach, and those not paying attention usually do not volunteer.

A way to avoid this is pinpointing someone to answer the question. If we just choose someone at will, the selection system may seem unfair.

To make it fair for all you can use an electronic random name picker. These apps allow you to build lists and save them for randomly selecting names in the class.

See below 2 examples for Android and iPhone. Have fun.

Click here for Andorid.
Click here for Iphone.

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The concept of chunking

Dr. Mayorga
By Dr. Eduardo Mayorga

Chunking is a concept that when grasped and applied facilitates learning. The following video covers the definition, importance, and examples of chunking and its role in teaching and learning. The video is best seen on a computer because its interactive menu is not shown on phones.

On a next post, we will explain how to add menus to YouTube videos.

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Transforming a face-to-face meeting into a continuous and more effective learning experience.

Dr. Mayorga
By Dr. Eduardo Mayorga

Summary
This post presents the limitations medical meetings and congresses have regarding their impact in learning. It presents different ways of enhancing effectivity and reach of meetings. Finally it presents some pros and cons of the suggested actions and discusses a stepwise approach to help them happen.

Background
Medical meetings and congresses are usually a time-framed event, lasting less than a week. They occur, in the best of cases, once a year, and usually, every two or more years.

lecturehallIn that short period of time, hundreds of topics are presented, most of them lasting an average of 10 minutes. Even courses that may last for one hour include so many subtopics that the relation topic/time usually does not exceed the 10-minute ratio.

Such a short time allotted to each topic can only allow participants to check if their previous knowledge is up-to-date, discover areas where they need to learn more, and maybe carry back home some tips and main concepts.

During the event there is no time for memorizing, deep understanding, analysis, discussion, assessing and developing competencies to be applied when back at work. Even the few pearls that participants bring back, quickly fade with time.

Extending and enhancing the learning experience:
There are several ways in which meetings could be transformed into a better learning experience and, at the same time, better comply with CME recommendations. Following are some of them.

  1. Pre congress needs assessments
  2. Performance support documents
  3. Post congress, online, extended presentations
  4. Focalized, interactive, onsite presentations
  5. Question and answer forums
  6. Fighting the forgetting curve
  7. Industry related opportunities

Pre congress needs assessments
To comply with criterion 2 of CME recommendations, we need to perform a needs assessment to identify the gap in knowledge that participants have. Ideally the whole meeting should be built around this needs assessment. Because of time constraints for organizing this and because of the fast  pace new advances and updates come up in medicine, many times knowledge gaps that doctors have are obvious.

Even if topics for the congress are based on this supposition, a pre congress needs assessment would still be of value for participants.

This could be done starting several months previous to the congress by sending out quizzes on the topics to be covered in the congress. This would allow the congress organizers measure the real  gap and participants better choose the activities in the congress they should attend.

Performance support documents
Performance support documents are paper or electronic documents that help apply what someone has learned at the moment of need. No matter the length and quality of the training, it is virtually impossible for one person to remember all that is required for a given situation. Examples of performance support documents are flowcharts, infographics, data tables, calculators, etc.

This kind of deliverables are better replacements for the traditional handouts. Read more on this topic

Including performance supports documents adds to complying with criterion 5 of CME activities

Post congress, online, extended presentations
No presenter in a congress is ever happy with the 10 minutes slot he or she is allotted. They usually have to tightly pack too much information and data and speak at a fast pace to keep up with time.

Speakers could be invited to send a  recorded audiovisual presentation with no time restrictions. This extended presentation would be setup online for post congress access.

This online activity would also allow to call for presentations that would be only online. A careful selection of these not only would allow to offer more content, but it would be an opportunity for younger doctors to show their teaching abilities and to be considered for being invited as speakers at future congresses.

Including post congress, online, extended presentations, adds to complying with criterion 5 of CME activities

Focalized, interactive, onsite presentations
Presenters that opt for the previous suggestion could make a better use of their 10 minutes during the congress, presenting just the main facts, allowing more interactivity with participants using audience response systems, and describing what participants will be able to find in the extended lecture and performance support documents that they would access after the congress.

Including this, adds to complying with criterion 5 of CME activities

Intra and post congress question and answer forums
Not everybody gets an opportunity to ask questions during the congress. Even those who get the opportunity, many times are not able to get the different opinions from a large panel in a symposium.

Online question and answer forums would allow for this during and after the congress.

Fighting the forgetting curve
No matter how much we think we learn at a congress, it fades away with time. In the same way we need spaced reinforcements for a vaccine, learning also needs reinforcements to make sure knowledge will be there when the moment to apply it comes.

One way of fighting the forgetting curve is using post congress quizzes where the feedback on the results links to the part of the presentation that needs a reinforcement. These quizzes can also be used as a post test.

This complies with criterion 11 of CME activities

See more here 12 minute Youtube video

Industry related opportunities
Industry participation is crucial for sustaining medical events. Good CME requires complying with criterion seven, eight, nine and ten of CME recommendations.

Complying with these criteria, industry participation could be added to the online activities as it is added during the congress with industry sponsored events and commercial exhibitions.

The site containing the post congress activities could include a virtual technological expositions with industry stands in the same way it is done during the congress but with the advantage of its permanency in time and its lower cost.

See example here

Discussion
We believe implementing all these suggestions would enhance the impact of our congress by:
A. Making our congresses more effective as teaching interventions
B. Helping people access the congress by attending only the virtual part if they are not able to attend the meeting itself
C.Helping organizations and societies adopting these recommendations stand out from their competitors.
D. The extended presence of industry would allow for more income and mutual benefit

New benefits never come without drawbacks. Implementing all these suggestions will add more work to organizers and speakers. Nevertheless we believe the final balance will benefit organizers, participants, speakers and industry.

Implementation
There is no way a congress will be able to apply all these recommendation to all symposia, courses and other activities of the congress in one step. Logistics, speaker resistance and funding may initially prevent the complete implementation.

There are at least 3 actions any congress organizer can take to facilitate the adoption process:

  1. Develop guidelines and tutorials for speakers that would help them prepare the content, quizzes and other documents.
  2. Develop a “star” rating system that would allow participants to know which activities of the congress have incorporated modern teaching strategies.
  3. Prioritize the advertisement of these activities in newsletters related to the coming congress.

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