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Pivot Perils: Think Before Requiring Video

Welcome to the new normal: Online learning in a hurry. Que the spam about tech solutions to your problem. Some are rushing in to lecture capture as a way to engage learners. In my opinion that is not the best option. The problem with lecture capture: Audience retention. First of all, long lectures are best for synchronous learning. I have gotten really good feedback about using them when teaching online. Assuming that asynchronous learners will enjoy listening to us for […]

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Online Pivot: Clarity is Key

One thing I have been working on this term is clearly directing students to key content in my Moodle shell. I have had success with using obvious, clear, consistent, and concise instructions. The goal is for students to find what they need as quickly as possible. Every week is numbered with a clear topic identified. In each section, the content has been consistently organized according to five sections. Weekly topic sections in Moodle. I think that this signalling is even […]

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Code on Bonus Day with @gdg

I am not really sure what I am about to get myself into here, but past GDG events have been fun. Nick is going to teach us about Firebase. Here we go @gdg … pic.twitter.com/dR7M2EIJ1Y— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) February 29, 2020 We talked about a lot of the possibilities, which honestly I need more time to explore. I was most interested in the possibilities for working with web building as well as Google docs to update multiple documents at […]

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Why not try Something New with H5P

This Tuesday I am preparing to try a new teaching strategy in class this week. In the past students have been shy to role play in a large group (70). When thinking about my options for facilitating class this week I decided to try H5P in class. Typically, I use it for out of class activities, but at the last TESS conference they talked about some options to make use of it in class. The activity below uses branching logic. […]

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Post Haste: Tuesday Time Saving Teaching Tip

Everyone is so busy at this time of year (me included). When my files are unorganized because I haven’t had the time to create my folder structure I waste a lot of time looking for information (ironic). No more! I am solving that problem by using a program I have been using to organize video editing files to speed up my course organization. Using a similar folder structure and allowing Post Haste to copy and rename all my templates will […]

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Quick Marking Tip: Be Nice!

It is marking season. I don’t have a lot of time to blog because I have a lot of literature reviews to mark. Marking literature reviews is time-consuming but enjoyable. I also set daily goals. Because I love progress.— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) December 3, 2019 I am behind schedule and have not been meeting my daily goals because I underestimated how long they would take to grade (on average 2 hours each). I decided to blog today anyways because […]

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Three Activities To Improve Exam Readiness

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is the first one directed at my colleagues instead of my students. Before my last class, I went to the literature to look for ways to improve student readiness for exams and decrease test anxiety. One article, in particular, was quite thought-provoking (Poorman, Mastorovich, & Gerwick, 2019). In class, we talked about the hierarchy of evidence and I shared that although the article is low on the pyramid I can still use it to inform my […]

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Resolution Phase: End of Term Sadness and Hope

The term is drawing to a close. As the learning guide in my courses, I can see that we are almost through the phases of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, 2002). Moving into the term I decided that I would do what was pedagogically sound for student learning and not worry about being judged by others. I drew on various sources of professional development and adopted an inclusive approach to teaching. Student feedback, critical reflection on […]

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NCLEX Prep Strategies in Non-Practice Courses

I have been asked to summarize what I have done this term to help my students prepare for the NCLEX at a faculty meeting on Wednesday. Typically the theoretical courses that I teach may not be not seen as predictive of NCLEX success. For a class like research, in particular, it may be more challenging to see the connection. However, all courses in a nursing program help to prepare students with critical thinking skills. Several strategies were implemented in both […]

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Lessons from Movie Night in Class

The Idea Students in my teaching and learning class created the assignment expectations and rubrics for the final assignment in the course on discharge teaching. The intent was twofold: (a) to have them demonstrate teaching skills and (b) to help them prepare for the NCLEX. They started with a basic outline and customized the instructions in a workshop facilitated in partnership with the Hub at the beginning of the term. Last night the experience unfolded. Let’s go to the movies […]

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