Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tools for Video Practice & Assessment: ApprenNet & YouSeeU

Assessing student skills and providing opportunities for meaningful practice of these skills can sometimes be a challenge in an online course environment. In medical education especially, there are many skills that students must be able to demonstrate their competency in that might not always be best assessed through traditional paper assignments or exams. ApprenNet and YouSeeU are two tools that offer students the ability to practice or demonstrate their mastery of practical skills through asynchronous video recordings, which can be reviewed and assessed by instructors and peers. These tools can allow for the practice and assessment of practical skills without a student even stepping into a classroom.

ApprenNet is an online tool that focuses on providing students with opportunities to practice and improve real world skills through video responses that can be reviewed by their instructors and peers. Instructors can create "challenge" videos that propose a scenario, task, or question that they would like students to address. Students can then record their response to the "challenge" via their computer or mobile device, and upload it to the system. Their responses can be reviewed by instructors and peers, who can both provide feedback via a rubric or written comments. Students can review their feedback and scores, as well as examples of expert responses uploaded by the instructor. There are also opportunities for students to reflect upon their own submissions after viewing expert responses.

If you would like to learn more about ApprenNet, we recommend consulting their website for more information. Their website also contains some very interesting case studies, including ones in healthcare,  that can provide more insights on how their product can be used.
YouSeeU is an online tool that offers similar functionality as ApprenNet, along with other asynchronous and synchronous video activities. Our Health and Information Management department is currently using this tool to administer online oral exams for their medical terminology course through YouSeeU's Q & A activity. The Q & A activity allows for instructors to pose a written or recorded question, and then students can respond to the prompt by recording their own video submission, which can be reviewed and assessed by peers and instructors. YouSeeU has the ability to replicate a high stakes environment by giving the option of forcing student recordings to start immediately upon viewing of the instructor question. YouSeeU also offers video presentation activities, conversation activities, and synchronous meeting activities similar to Adobe Connect.

YouSeeU's knowledge base has several videos that you can view to learn more about their system. Like ApprenNet, their website also contains case studies on uses of their product that can provide you with more information on how other institutions are using their system.

If you believe either of these tools might be useful for your department, please contact TLT for more information. Our department would be glad to share additional insights about the products, as well as assist with scheduling demos of the products for your department.

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