Late Breaking Poster Abstract

POCKETsnips2: Point of Care Knowledge Exchange (P124)

David Topps (University of Calgary); Wes Jackson (University of Calgary); Steve Mintsioulis (University of Calgary)


Using a variety of online collaborative tools and new affordable techniques, we are generating mashup learning objects that make learning and review of infrequently performed clinical procedures easy and accessible for clinicians in practice.


Digital video snippets are popular for learning discrete clinical procedures. Publication of our original PocketSnips video series on YouTube provided broad exposure and rich feedback but standard video creation approaches are expensive and inflexible for out-of-hours events. Many other videos cover similar topics but quality is variable, with only small segments providing good utility.


We developed a hybrid of creation and curation of video segments, splicing contextual content with links to video segments discovered online, in a “mashup” approach. For missing information in key areas, we used a variety of online collaborative tools synchronously and asynchronously to annotate working scripts, generate peer consensus statements, share media, and refine learning points. We worked with software developers on new techniques allowing simultaneous capture and multiple point-of-view (POV) direction, using iPhones and iPads. Rapid setup and simple equipment needs enable us to capture procedures that are unscheduled or emergent. Instant switching between multiple POVs affords the best viewpoint, lessening the need for pre-scripted video direction and avoiding the infamous “surgeon’s nape view”.


Feedback from workshop participants and asynchronous learner groups has been very positive so far. Video splicing by timed hyperlinks simplifies copyright issues. Audio capture problems during procedures were solved by narration, as in our original series. Equipment costs are much reduced making this accessible to more clinician groups.

Funding Sources

Alberta Distributed Learning and Rural Initiatives


None. No financial relationship with software developers.