(CS EdX Sessions) McPherson, Kerstin

Title: VLOGS and TOGS – an idea for enhancing practical skills teaching

Presenter: Kerstin McPherson (Physiotherapy Lecturer)


Faculty / Division: FoSH

School / Unit: Agricultural, Environmental & Veterinary Sciences

Session Type: Quick Talk

When: Thursday, 18 November 2021 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm)

Where: https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/64888150874


In the age of Tic-Tok and Instagram our students are used to creating short videos of themselves doing things and talking to the camera. In 2020 – the COVID year – the students heavily relied upon the structure of a PowerPoint and narrating explanations to explain concepts. There were marks allocated for this assessment.

In 2021 students were instructed to “create” videos, marks were awarded for creativity, higher weighting of marks in the subject and one VLOG even replaced a written assignment. The student’s feedback was very positive as it was fun and interesting assessment item. The VLOGS follow steps in Peyton’s 4 step model for teaching lab based procedural skills.

To understand practical concepts and skills there needs to be reflection upon the part practice or deconstructed skill, organization of and planning and then verbalizing the action and then integration of the new knowledge or skill. From the “VLOG -How to”. (VLOGS – Verbal, Learning, Online, Goal-oriented, Skills), students will create videos to explain practical concepts to themselves. These will be stored in Pebble-pad creating a bank of practical skills students can refer to throughout their course. The idea will be extended for students to create TOGS (Teach, Online, Goal -oriented, Skills). These will be activities to create videos, teaching skills, either recorded or live online to peers while also practicing Telehealth skills.

In this presentation examples of VLOGS and TOGS will be shown.