Introduction: The virtual learning environment has become increasingly important due to physical distance requirements put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic . The transition to a virtual format has been challenging for case-based teaching sessions, which involve substantial audience participation . We developed a faculty development workshop aimed at teaching health professions educators how to use various interactive virtual tools within videoconferencing platforms to facilitate virtual case-based sessions .
Methods: Two 90-minute workshops were piloted as a faculty development initiative . The facilitators demonstrated interactive teaching tools that could be used within virtual case-based sessions . Then, participants discussed how to incorporate these tools into case-based teaching sessions of different class sizes in small-group breakout sessions . Participants completed an online survey following each workshop to evaluate the sessions .
Results: A total of 18 and 26 subjects participated in the first and second workshops, respectively . Survey response rates were 100% (n = 18) and 65% (n = 17) for the first and second workshops, respectively . Both groups provided overall high ratings and reported that the workshop was clear, organized, and relevant . Participants were more familiar and comfortable with the use of various interactive tools for online teaching .
Discussion: Distance online teaching will be increasingly required for an undetermined time . Faculty development efforts are crucial to facilitate effective interactive teaching sessions that engage learners and maximize learning . This virtual teaching workshop is a simple and straightforward way to introduce a more interactive format to virtual case-based teaching in the health professions.
Index: Cased-Based Learning, Clinician Educators, Faculty Development, Online/Distance Learning, Virtual Learning