The utilisation of video as primary content delivery medium for staff development of health professions educators
This study originated from a need to provide staff development resources to health professions educators. The need for content to be delivered effectively at a time and place that suit staff best is a challenge that Faculties of Health Professions Education must meet. In this research project, an in-depth study was done by the researcher with a view to utilising video as primary content delivery medium for staff development of health professions educators. The problem that was addressed is how content can be delivered to health professions educators at a time that will suit them best and in a medium that can be consumed effectively. The aim of the study was to determine the value of the use of online video as primary medium for content delivery for staff development of health professions educators. The methods that were used and which formed the basis of the study comprised a literature review, and – as the empirical study - the development of an online video course. On completion of the course, a questionnaire survey to determine the value of the utilisation of video as primary content delivery medium for staff development of health professions educators was conducted. In order to provide a scientific basis, the researcher created on online course which was presented to health professions educators. These participants completed the course as well as the survey to supply the researcher with the necessary data as to their experiences while taking part in the course. The resulting data that was retrieved indicated to the researcher that the positive aspects of video as primary content delivery medium in health profession education, far outweighed the negative aspects and that it was also overwhelmingly embraced by the participants. The ability of staff to access content on demand, played a major role in the success of content delivery through video. From the literature study it is also clear that video as primary content delivery medium in Higher Education, as well as Health Professions Education has many advantages. It is clear to the researcher from the literature study and the feedback provided by participants, that using video as primary content delivery medium should be greatly considered and implemented in faculties of health professions. Recommendations in this regard were made. The sound research approach and methodology ensured the quality, reliability and validity of this study. This completed research study can form the basis for a subsequent research study.