Southampton University’s school of electronics and computer science has developed software, dubbed Big sister', that allows lecturers to record real-time observations while watching their students train during videoed clinical simulations.
Straight afterwards, students can review the video and read the notes to get feedback on how well they have done.
The quality of feedback on performance is important for students, said Mark Weal, a lecturer in electronics at the university who helped develop the software. But he said traditional methods of replaying the whole video or looking at selected highlights during debriefing relied on the teacher having a brilliant memory of what students did well or poorly.
With this software, they can input their thoughts immediately, so debriefing is more focused, he said. Students can also go and watch the video again at home and have a clearer idea of what they did wrong.