Teaching aids are any type of tool that is used in instruction. An aid can be as simple as a pen or as complex as a computer. Adult teaching aids are used in adult education and tend to be more in-depth and complex than teaching aids used with children. Teaching aids should never be used as the sole method of instruction and should be supported by direct instruction.
Teaching and Learning Aids: Overcoming Barriers | SpringerLink
Although lectures are one of the most common methods of knowledge transfer in medicine, their effectiveness has been questioned. Passive formats, lack of relevance and disconnection from the student's needs are some of the arguments supporting this apparent lack of efficacy. However, many authors have suggested that applying adult learning principles i. This paper presents recommendations for applying adult learning principles during planning, creation and development of lectures to make them more effective. For centuries, lectures have been the most frequently used method for delivering knowledge in academic teaching. Lectures are used in a variety of situations for teaching theoretical knowledge in medicine, ranging from classrooms for medical students and residents, to symposia, conferences and congresses for continuing medical education.