I can see the light…

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! 

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As the weeks have passed my group (Stephanie and Twana) and I have been working away at making our medical terminology course prototype. I have blogged about this in several other posts along the way and feel we have kept a steady pace to get this done.
As this week fasted approached, we are in the final stages of tweaking and editing.  As Nancy has mentioned in her blog, I can also relate as I may have started to lose energy, interest, or both. This could be because life can get in the way at times. However, I have found this assignment practical and very relevant. 

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Since the first week of this assignment, when I initially posted of our plans, I thought I had a handle on how I wanted this prototype to look. I wanted to make this a project that would be meaningful for my learning but also meaningful in my day to day work. However, after learning about the different platforms and finding the one that would work best for us, we modified our plans from moodle to canvas. The three of us have blog posts that explains our reasons for this decision (Melinda’s, Twana’s and Stephanie’s). Moreover, I wanted to use moodle because it is the LMS platform that we use in my job. I thought creating this assignment within that platform would be most valuable and transferable. However, we found it difficult to navigate and the mission was aborted. Below is my powtoon clip that I had so much fun creating to announce we had decided to change our minds.

This was the first of many decisions that required changes along the way. We attempted to try many different tools and strategies to produce the course we all envisioned. As I
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Just as Liz has mentioned in her blog this week, the beginning of a longer final countdown is on. Our final learning summaries are fast approaching as well. I am fortunate to also be working with Twana and Stephanie on this as well. I am ever so grateful for Twana’s organization and planning ahead, because we also started thinking and working on this at an early stage. We are planning a group meeting this weekend to finalize our ideas and start to put this plan into action. We as a group are excited to produce and focus more on a great final learning summary now. I have heard so much about this assignment and have even watch many amazing ones produced by my peers. The pressure is on for sure!

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What are you plans for your summary of learning? Have you thought about it? Any tips or tricks for the new kid on the block? Should New Kids on the Block be part of my learning summary? Here is a hint to what we might be up to for our learning summary!!

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Best bang for your buck, open or closed forums

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We all have different interests and passions about life and what interests we want to learn about. If we all fit in the same box it would be rather boring, not to mention crowded too. Therefore, why would anyone make forum posts boring, rigid and so concrete that no creative or critical thinking is required?

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I do not have much experience teaching or learning in an online environment. However, I have taken some classes that did require students to post on an online forum within the course.  In Stephanie’s blog this week she mentioned her experience about her first ever masters class requiring students to post in an online forum. I happen to also be in that class.  I recall students being asked one question and were required to answer and respond to 3 of our their peers. The question was rather simple and straight forward. I remembering going into the forum and seeing nothing was posted as of yet. I disliked that and contemplated waiting to see what else would be posted first. However, it was required that you post first before you could see others postings. I thought that was interesting but yet at the same time frustrating. After posting
Image result for frustration online learningmy response and viewing others posts it was apparent that everyone’s answers were generally he same. However, the requirements were for me to still respond to 3 others posts. This quickly become even more frustrating as I felt I was not learning anything from this experience and felt like I was doing this just because it was required of me. Being that we all were adult learners, this forum assignment lack critical thinking skill and many principles of adult learning.

I believe that forums through learner to learner discussions should engage students in active learning, critical thinking  and promote growth of collaborative learning communities. Moreover, adult learning principles should be applied to further facilitate a meaningful learning experience.

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This week in EC&I 834 class we did a breakout session where we discussed forum-based assignments. Within our group we discussed how we would encourage engagement within forum groups and the evaluation criteria. Kristen discussed how she thought it was not as important that each individual students be evaluated on their ‘own original’ post, rather the depth of meaning (context) one has added to the forum as a Image result for evaluationwhole. Our group further discussed this point and agreed that a “post” (despite where it is) could be meaningful if it added to the original perspective and/or stimulated further discussion and critical thinking within the tread or as a new perspective. Growing from each learner within the community (open or closed) was seen as most valuable. Source

As a learner, I have started to enjoy blogging and feel that I have gained so much knowledge from reading peers blogs, receiving meaningful feedback and personalized my own individual learning along the way. This is the first class in my master program that I have been able to learn so much from my peers within a forum community than can transfer directly into my own personalized teaching practice. Reflecting individually and as Image result for blog learninga group, I have gained new perspectives on what I think is important for forums discussions and how I would want them to look. Open forms like blogging for EC&I 834
has for sure been the best bang for my buck as a learner. However, I do so value within a closed forum as well if it is set up well.

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As a nursing instructor, along with Stephanie,  I have also given some thought to open forums, such as blogging and how this might look. It has left me with more questions than answers.
How would open forums look within nursing?
Where is the most appropriate and valuable place for it?
Can this be done within a clinical course related to student experiences and still maintain confidentiality?
How can we implement this and still maintain patient confidentiality?
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I would love to hear what others think about this and how this could work from a nursing perspective while still maintaining patient confidentiality.

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Virtual reality education and medical terminolgy

As nursing faculty, we want to engage our students to explore and participate in ways that suit their individual learning styles and needs. The use of various emerging technologies such as virtual reality virtural realityand high- fidelity simulation has been proven to be an effective way in teaching and learning in nursing.

 

 

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The School of Nursing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, has been incorporating these learning technologies for many years now. Check out our simulation centre.

These tools attempt to imitate clinical environments and facilitate realistic experiences. For example, clinical scenarios can be developed electronically or in high-fidelity simulation labs and be delivered to students offering a safe environment to practice important skills like making clinical decisions, information retrieval, and assessment and diagnostic reasoning. The intent is to increase their level of confidence. make for a safe learning environment and grow their clinical judgment and decision making  for safe competent practice in future.

Stephanie and I have discussed the benefits and drawbacks to virtual reality education within nursing on many different occasions. While reading her blog post from EC&I 833 class on virtual reality, it echoed some of my concerns with this means to educate. It makes me wonder if the benefits would outweigh the drawbacks? Do you lose the “Human Connection” ? More over, what if students don’t have access to devices or the financial means to purchase the programs? Would this be mandatory for the nursing education program or optional?Image result for benefit and drawback

However, technologies such as virtual reality can play an important role in teaching clinical skills to the next generation of nurses – and without causing harm to their patients.

Getting to my point….How does this fit with our group’s medical terminology course prototype that I mentioned last week in my blog

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I feel virtual reality education could play an important role to better understanding medical terminology for nursing students. Nurses need to understand this language to be able to communicate and understand critical aspect to their job on a daily basis. If there is not a clear understanding of the terminology, there are risks for potentially life threatening consequences to happen.

Medical terminology can be hard to learn, no fun and rather boring.

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What if virtual reality education could transform this? Nurses need to be able to communicate inter-professionally with confidence. Virtual reality could assist by allowing students the time to practice this in a safe, non stressful environment – with immediate feedback. Twana’s blog post video was a great example of how students struggle with pronunciation of these terms. Incorrect pronunciation is a fear that many nurses and nursing students have when communicating in and among professionals. Virtual reality education would allow for hands on practice.

I would love to say that we will be able to build some form of virtual reality tool into our course prototype, but I can not see this happening in the short amount of time we have. However, I do see value in virtual reality education for medical terminology education. 

As for our course prototype we have decided to use moodle as our platform (I know, I know, painful right?). Being that I am an nurse education within the SCBScN program which collaborates with the University of Reginawe use URcourses (Moodle platform). Due to the nature of the courses I primarily teach in now, I have not had to do much work on URcourses directly. Therefore, this was a great opportunity to learn more about Moodle before I have to take on more URcourse coordination responsibly in my very near future.

I look forward to digging deeper into the course prototype development and the Moodle platform with my partners in crime – Stephanie and Twana.

Group meeting scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017.

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