Managing the cognitive load of students is very important. Dr Akram is an advocate for re-framing how we teach students: “Providing information to students using visual, auditory and other cues, cements the information in their long-term memory.” These are the principles that have guided Dr Akram while developing interactive content throughout his teaching career.
For the dynamic process of pathophysiology, there is an order of occurrences related to a patient’s condition – one thing leads to another. Dr Akram adds, “In providing information on a static image or text it becomes wordy, and students need to use their imagination to really understand. But we can provide them an interactive module where information is flowing logically, and there’s some level of personalisation – they can stop, rewatch, rewind, go forward or backwards. So that helps students solidly cement their understanding of these complex topics.”