Action Cameras in Health Sciences
Academic Technologies has two Action Cameras (essentially GoPros) that allow for easy video capture and first-person perspectives during class. The cameras can be mounted in a variety of interesting ways, including onto a user's head, chest or wrist. Several faculty in Health Sciences have been using these cameras this Spring. Email Eric at email@example.com for a demo or with any questions.
Picture: One of the Action Cameras mounted in a nursing simulation lab.
Q&A with Michele Johnson, OT &
Jessica Jagodzinske, Nursing
1. How have you used the action camera in your class?
MJ: In OTH 5503 Motor Functioning, ... students observe infants who are brought to the Health Science Center at different stages of development. This semester we are using the action cameras to record these observations.
JJ: We have used it as an “eye in the sky” for taping student behaviors in response to patient conditions in simulation lab.
2. What benefits does having video footage bring to the learning experience?
JJ: Well they say there is always three versions of the truth. The camera allows the students to examine how things really went, rather than how they or others perceived their actions. The student can then accurately reflect and ask questions about the course of the exercise, having a concrete frame of reference.
MJ: Each observation is uploaded to YouTube then Blackboard. This enhances the students learning as they can review the observation as many times as they need in order to broaden their understanding. In addition, the use of closed captioning on the YouTube format allows for increased access to all learners. ... The use of the action camera allows the instructor to utilize many different positions and viewpoints.
3. Where do you see yourself using these in future education?
MJ: My hope is to have the students wear the action cameras as they are completing hands on experiences. This will allow them to review their approach and make changes based on how they viewed their own performance.
JJ: Ideally, I will be using this in all of my simulation labs. Additionally, I may use to enhance my own teaching by turning the camera on myself.
4. Anything else you'd like to add about your experience?
JJ: I think the action camera is a wonderful teaching tool for anyone who is instilling skills as part of their curriculum.
MJ: Because of this help and support [from Academic Technology], our department has decided to move forward with purchasing our own action cameras.