Educational Research Series for Clinical Faculty
The design ask here was to translate complex educational research topics from a synchronous to asynchronous format. The project sponsor, a research office that supports clinical faculty at a college of medicine, had traditionally offered a series of Zoom-based educational research webinars over the Spring semester. They wanted to offer greater flexibility to the learners, who are often overburdened from juggling clinical and teaching duties. To help manage the high intrinsic cognitive load, we decided to create short, animated videos with an avatar narrator providing the didactic content. The videos were shared in a learning managements system and followed by quizzes to provide opportunities for active learning.
I worked with two researchers and another instructional designer on this project. The researchers acted as subject matters and prepared simple PowerPoints with content for each topic. The three videos below, made in Vyond, are ones I created from these PowerPoints. I feel they especially help the learners by providing strong visualizations related to the often abstract concepts found in quantitative survey design.
Basic Concepts of Survey Design
This video focused heavily on the concept of response rate, so I relied on a pictogram comprising 100 people icons. I could then easily manipulate the pictogram chart with color to show an increase or decrease in response rate.
The topic of this video was on creating a strong survey flow. I used simple shapes (i.e., circles, squares, triangles, and hearts) to represent different concepts addressed in different survey questions. With this representation, I was able reduce the amount of text on the screen that would be inevitable by showing actual survey items.
Survey length is strongly tied to survey completion. To mimic respondents behaviors, I decided to replicate a Likert-type matrix with circles. Then I changed the color of the circles to represent a respondent completing - or not completing - an online survey.
The asynchronous materials, including the videos above on survey design, were piloted with a cohort of clinical faculty during the Spring semester of 2023. Participant comments are provided below.