|Long Title:||Individual Video Training|
Université de Lausanne
Université de Fribourg - Universität Freiburg
SWITCH - Teleinformatikdienste für Lehre und Forschung
|Project Leader:||S. Minder|
|Deputy Project Leader:||M. Sohrmann|
(see also partner project Annotating Academic Video)
|iVT-Plugin||Enhanced SWITCHcast Recorder (available from SWITCH on request)|
|SWITCHcast Plugin (new version)||New version of the ILIAS SWITCHcast Plugin|
|Moodle SWITCHcast Plugin||Available from Moodle repository (will become available this summer)|
|Enhanced SWITCHcast API||Implemented on the SWITCHcast server|
|Presentation of the key features||PREZI-presentation of the key features of the system|
The modular iVT system is based on the SWITCHcast platform, and composed of an enhanced version of the SWITCHcast Recorder, and plugins for the Learning Management Systems (LMS) ILIAS and Moodle:
The iVT system offers a number of advantages, such as:
The developed solution is modular, and is able to accommodate many different use-cases. Videos can be recorded using software different from the SWITCHcast Recorder, and introduced in the workflow at a later stage by direct upload. At the same time, videos recorded using the SWITCHcast Recorder can easily be recovered and distributed independently of the SWITCHcast platform.
The plugin for the SWITCHcast Recorder has been developed by SWITCH, and will also be maintained by SWITCH. The same applies to the SWITCHcast API.
The SWITCHcast plugins for ILIAS and Moodle are both open source, and will be shared within the respective LMS development communities. This should ensure that the plugin will be maintained and updated when necessary.
It is important to stress at this point that the decision of who can see which video is made by algorithms integrated into the LMS plugins, and not by the SWITCHcast server. This will ensure that future adaptations can be made easily, without having to modify the code on the SWITCHcast server itself.
The close link to the Annotating Academic Video project ensured that the developed annotation tool is fully compatible with the iVT LMS plugins.
There is a great variety of uses of video technology for educational purposes. One important domain is the individual training and assessment of skills, such as communication skills in medical education, teaching skills in pedagogical education or physical skills in sports. Video recordings of these training sessions help to enhance their didactic efficacy by
This promotes essential meta skills such as self-reflection and self-assessment.
In medical education, the training of communication skills has become increasingly important over the past years. A common training method is to record and analyze interview situations with simulated patients. Since these recordings contain potentially very personal material access control is very important.
A further increase in the number of training sessions is currently limited by their costs (technical infrastructure) and high demand of human resources (technical assistants). It is impossible to handle a large amount of video material (ca. 1000 hours at UNIBE) without automating the workflow, from the recording to the publishing of the video with the corresponding access rights.
The goal is to develop a workflow and a technical solution, based on the SWITCHcast system, that
The system we plan to develop will have the following features:
The envisioned technical solution for such a system consists of the Learning Management System (LMS) of the institution and the SWITCHcast system. During the project the LMS ILIAS (plugin will be developed) and Moodle will be considered.
The new workflow and recorder software will offer the opportunity to record a big number of individual
training sessions at the partner institutions and other Higher Education Institutions in Switzerland, and
help institutions to keep the recording costs in line with their budget.
Students will profit by the recorder system since this type of teaching approach, based on individual training sessions and their reflective analysis, is not only used in undergraduate medical education, but also in postgraduate medical education, in the education of other health professions (such as nursing or physiotherapy) and teachers, and many other areas. Therefore, the development will be of great importance to many other educational settings and institutions.
At the technical level three major elements can be distinguished, which are extensions to existing technologies:
As first step recording technology will be evaluated and compared (SWITCHcast, thir party software) and minimum hardware requirements will be defined.
Depending on the decision (new recorder, third party software, hybrid) the detailed software specification will be defined.
As third an extended SWITCHcast API will be developed for automated upload of videos and metadata and the access control. The handling and evaluation of the access rights is entirely delegated to the LMS.
Then the ILIAS-plugin for access control and visualization of videos in LMS will be produced (based on existing plugin).
Finally the system will be tested, adapted and implemented.