HealthEd: How to Incorporate Osmosis Tools Into Your In-person Classes

How to Incorporate Osmosis Tools Into Your In-person Classes

Osmosis Team
Published on Aug 7, 2023. Updated on Aug 30, 2023.

In today's blog, learn more about how Osmosis can help faculty engage with students using various tools and techniques, including incorporating the platform into in-class quizzes, assignments, and presentations, kick-off class discussions, monitoring student progress, and more. 

The extensive material taught in classrooms in medical school, nursing school, and other post-graduate programs is rigorous and often dense. Finding different ways to engage students and simplify their learning experience is a worthwhile and rewarding effort. The Osmosis health education platform offers a wide variety of resources that can be seamlessly incorporated into your in-person classes. Different teaching methods, such as high-yield notes, videos, questions, flashcards, quizzes, and more, are helpful higher education teaching methods that can effectively educate the next generation of healthcare professionals. Osmosis makes learning medicine engaging, visually stimulating, and simplified for students and educators. Here are some strategies to implement Osmosis in your classroom.

Integrating Osmosis Into Your Classroom

Building Multimedia Presentations

In-class lectures are commonly used to introduce new information to students. Due to the abundant information that health professional students need to learn, these lectures can be dense. A great way to break up dense lectures and help students visualize concepts is to insert Osmosis videos or pictures into these presentations. The Osmosis library is full of different topics you can peruse to find videos that will be the best fit for your in-class presentations. 

In-Class Quizzes and Assessments

Gauging students’ understanding and identifying knowledge gaps through Osmosis quizzes and assessments is an easy way to incorporate active learning into your classroom. This allows students to actively participate in their learning experience and pinpoint areas for improvement during class rather than during the day of an exam. Use these quizzes as a formative assessment tool to provide immediate feedback and guide further discussion on challenging topics.

Play a Video and Pause to Discuss

The Osmosis library can be used to facilitate learning activities in the classroom. One way to do this is to have students work through assigned concepts individually or in small groups. Students should use the Osmosis platform to access relevant information, videos, and quizzes. Discuss what’s been learned as a class to encourage problem-solving, critical thinking, and application of knowledge. In-class discussions give students the opportunity to learn from one another and clear up any confusion about the material as it’s taught in real-time. 

Student Progress Monitoring

Monitoring progress while studying can motivate students to continue striving toward their academic goals. Through the Osmosis platform, students can monitor their progress and use self-directed learning to create personalized video playlists, quizzes, and review notes, to target their weaknesses and build on their strengths. The freedom to choose which educational tools from this platform works best for them will encourage students to curate their learning experience and find the best approach for their learning style.

  • Encourage students to use the platform to monitor their progress, review their strengths and weaknesses, and identify areas needing further attention.

  • Have them create and submit a study action plan so that faculty can provide personalized feedback and support.

  • Educators can also monitor student progress by looking at student performance data. The Osmosis Faculty Analytics allows you to see which videos your students are watching and how they perform on assessments. This can provide insight into what topics students are struggling with so that you can help them on their road to academic success. 

Small Group Activities

Group activities are an effective way to get students to work together and exchange ideas. One potential group activity is dividing students into small groups and assigning specific Osmosis modules or videos related to a particular topic. 

  • To further enhance understanding and solidify knowledge, after reviewing as a group, students can present their findings to the class, engage in class discussions, and collaborate on problem-solving activities related to the video or module. 

Another group activity can be facilitated by breaking students into small groups and displaying an Osmosis question. Have students discuss it and have each group present what they think the answer is and explain their reasoning. They can also discuss what answers they believe are incorrect and the reason behind them. Understanding why an answer is wrong is just as critical as knowing why the right answer is correct.

Although every student has a distinct learning style, the Osmosis platform is filled with helpful resources to make learning medicine more interactive. Whether you incorporate videos, quizzes, notes, or flashcards, all of these methods can serve as a learning companion to lectures and keep students engaged during in-person classes.

Interested in learning how Osmosis can support self-directed learning in your program? Schedule a call today.