Twelve tips for using synchronous virtual classroom technologies in medical education

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented transformations in medical education, with a shift from face-to-face learning activities to digital education. Virtual classroom technologies have played a pivotal role in supporting synchronous teaching activities; however, it can be extremely challenging for many educators to use virtual classrooms tools effectively. This article presents twelve tips based on best practices in educational design, learning theories, current research in online learning, and the authors’ personal experiences of designing online activities within medical education. The twelve tips aim to help medical educators use virtual classroom solutions more effectively to promote learner engagement and learning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3732
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2021


  • virtual classrooms
  • synchronous teaching
  • online lectures
  • digital education
  • online learning
  • COVID-19


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