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Viewership footprint for a low-resource, student-centred collaborative video platform to teach orthopaedics in southern Africa

G S Wever, I Elliott, J McCaul, M Workman, M Laubscher, R N Dunn, M Held

Abstract


Background. Institutions are increasingly using technology to augment the class learning experience of medical students. Especially in Africa, local content is key to allow insights and knowledge to emerge and build transformative capacity for students and patients. There is currently no peer-reviewed video content produced by students with the aim of providing education on orthopaedic topics for medical students and patients in this region.

Objectives. To evaluate the demographic and geographical viewership as well as video-specific statistics of orthopaedic teaching videos for medical students on a YouTube channel, with the expressed aim of informing future content production.

Methods. Videos were produced by South African (SA) medical students as a problem-based collaborative project. Student-owned smartphones and various types of free video editing software were used to produce these videos, which were then assessed by a group of orthopaedic specialists and uploaded onto a YouTube channel (UCTeach). The analytical reports of this channel generated by Google and YouTube were analysed regarding watch time per day (minutes), average view duration (minutes), most watched videos, top geographies, age and gender.

Results. A total of 83 videos were uploaded to the UCTeach Ortho channel during a 2-year period, with a total watch time of 857 062 minutes and 337 983 views. The majority of viewers were between the ages of 18 and 34 years (85%). India had the most views (n=69 089), followed by the USA (n=66 257) and SA (n=21 882). Most of the videos were watched on mobile phones (n=183 299) and computers (n=128 228). The most watched video, produced in April 2016, was on physiological and pathological gait, with 51 314 views.

Conclusions. Our study provides proof of concept for a new educational material creation and dissemination strategy. A low-cost local collaborative orthopaedic video project by medical students for medical students can lead to high view counts and watch time on YouTube. It is accessible to audiences in low-, middle- and high-income countries. The students’ educational videos also reached a global audience consistently over a 3-year period.


Authors' affiliations

G S Wever, Orthopaedic Research Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

I Elliott, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

J McCaul, Orthopaedic Research Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

M Workman, Orthopaedic Research Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

M Laubscher, Orthopaedic Research Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

R N Dunn, Orthopaedic Research Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

M Held, Orthopaedic Research Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Training; Clinical skills; YouTube; Education; Videos; Orthopaedics

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South African Medical Journal 2020;110(6):532-536. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i6.14348

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Date submitted: 2020-05-29
Date published: 2020-05-29

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