How to Create a Digital Lesson Tip Sheet Using Explain Everything

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The advantage of a digital recording is that you can effectively present more information in a shorter amount of time using a combination of text, images and audio. There are a variety of ways to use Explain EverythingTM and many instructional videos that can help get you started:

Examples of digital lessons:

Getting Started:
There are different approaches to creating digital lessons:
  1. Importing slides (e.g. PowerPointTM) and narrating
  2. Creating slides in Explain EverythingTM, narrating text & images
  3. Live recordings

There is no single “best” approach and often authors will incorporate more than one approach in a single lesson. The key is picking an approach that best suits your topic and your style and comfort. For example – demonstration of a physical exam or procedure would benefit from a combination of standard didactic slides, video and still images. Explanation of balancing acid-base equations would be ideal for writing out the equations on the “board” to demonstrate relationships.

For beginners – easiest way to start is to import PowerPointTM slides as a pdf document into Explain EverythingTM . You can then add one slide at a time into your presentation and use various tools to highlight points on your slide as you speak.

For those more comfortable with Explain EverythingTM you can feature more animation by creating slides as you go (use your PPT slides as a guide). When recording you can start and stop the audio to give yourself time to type more text or introduce new images.

Key to success: A Good Plan
  • What are your key points? Objectives should be specific and practical.
  • Make it fun: What creative ways can you share/demonstrate the information?
  • Quality Assurance: Take care that your lesson is consistent with institutional guidelines, pathways and algorithms. Acknowledge significant disagreements.
  • Simplify difficult concepts
  • Keep it short: Remember, the best lessons are brief – 5 minutes or less. If the recording takes more than 10 minutes you should consider either focusing the topic or breaking the lesson into multiple parts.
This can be intimidating at first and may require a few takes; but you’ll find that it doesn’t take much time to master this program. You can erase recordings one slide at a time so little is lost if you want to try again. The best approach is to speak naturally, as if you were teaching at the bedside or in a classroom. Speak clearly but with a conversational pace and tone.

Use tools when needed to help the viewr navigate the slide but take care not to over do it – lots of underlining and laser pointer use can be distracting. Write instead of type if you feel that this adds something to the presentation but take care not to slow down the presentation for this effect. Imagine your audience – sitting alone watching this lesson on their tablet or computer. Use the tools to keep their attention, not destroy it.

When you are finished: Upload your recording once it has been approved by a faculty member in the specialty area most relevant to the topic.

(1) Log onto our private You Tube account to up-load your recording: Username: Password: 1405Clifton

(2) Send a separate e-mail to to verify that the DOP Teaching Committee received your submission. Include in this e-mail the name and e-mail address of a faculty member who reviewed and approved your submission.

Your recorded lesson will be reviewed by the DOP Teaching Committee and, once approved will be forwarded to your Division Director or Program director for final approval. Recordings will not be made public on YouTube until approved by Emory and CHOA risk management