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What is teaching? Where do nurses teach?

Consider what it means to teach. I believe that teaching can happen in a variety of ways. It often occurs during conversations at the bedside or in a class. However, that is not the only way it happens. The way teaching should be done depends on the learner’s needs, objectives, and context. Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay Patients in the hospital are often frightened, overwhelmed, have a lot of questions, and want to go home. Nurses play an important role […]

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Family or Grades?

Tomorrow I have a midterm exam (worth 20%). Today I found out that my son has speech and language delays (likely due to poor hearing). The only time to get parental training to help him this month is tomorrow. The timing of the midterm overlaps with the training. So, I am faced with a choice. A choice that for me is easy, but if I was in a different set of circumstances it could be really difficult.  The problem here […]

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Assessment Praxis in Reflective Work

Assessing student reflections can be challenging. #STLHE2019SAPES pic.twitter.com/yqJOu60Lqc— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 Challenges assessing reflection: Marking content that is highly personal Class size "How do you rubric for a heart" – Sven #STLHE2019SAPES— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 Marking reflections in a traditional way is challenging. Reflection is not an intuitive skill. There are several levels according to Ryan’s (2013) model. Jon recommends completion grades with marking guides. After working through an activity Sven says […]

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Teaching for Learning or Grades?

Full house … grades must be problematic. #STLHE2019SAPES pic.twitter.com/tCrj6vEfIL— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 What is my grade? #STLHE2019SAPES pic.twitter.com/xiT8QvRvUr— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 Discussion Grades not a good measure of leaning. There are so many issues with grades. Behavior is a function of people and the environment.Lewin’s Equation It is particularly challenging in programs like nursing with high GPA entrance requirements. What can we do? How can we support the creation of an environment […]

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Choice and Student Assessment

The presenters state that students generally like flexible assessment, but not everyone likes it. Depending on where they are in their program it may also be overwhelming. Students in this class made some interesting choices. There was a default option for students who did not choose a weighting option. The measured differences in grades and found that groups of four did better than other sizes of groups. Students made a choice in the first week and were unable to change […]

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Guided Inquiry in Large Classes

Stephen McNeil talked about how he has used guided inquiry in large classes even though it is designed for small classes. Key principles: There is a planned endpoint for the learning: That is where the planning starts. Students go through a cycle of exploration, concept invention, and concept adaptation. Sharing and reporting findings with other students At the end they construct a new concept Peers from higher levels of the program can help to facilitate learning Flinging ideas at students […]

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Kick Start your Gamified Course

Aaron and I kind of need to be seen in person because we are highly interactive and entertaining. This session is intended to be interactive as participants are here to build game ideas that they can use in their context. Here are our slides from today’s talk to help you follow along. Click here for a direct voting link. Mentimeter slides: Google Slides Slides 43 onward are for answering questions in a non-linear way.

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Sharing Power and Responsibility for Learning and Evaluation with Students

This session was highly interactive and thought provoking. Participants shared that sharing power involves: Recognizing the teacher is not the expert Intrinsic motivation Peer learning Understanding that just because we taught something doesn’t mean they learned it Allowing students to help set assignment expectations I really liked the activity where we needed to work together to build a tower. The activity Who has the tallest collaborative tower at #stlhe2019sapes? pic.twitter.com/PCSkwPNeBU— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 12, 2019 Round 1: How […]

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Dealing With Challenges Faced by Unhappy Faculty

Deciding what session to go to was quite difficult. This one caught my interest because unhappiness is all over Twitter and on several campuses. It is also something I don’t usually see discussed at conferences that we need to learn how to deal with. We have retreats on campus and I sometimes get to suggest professional development ideas so I thought maybe I could apply the lessons from this session in my context. Professional development is an important part if […]

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Diversity and Outrage

The keynote speaker Irshad Manji at STLHE 2019 spoke about her observation that we live in a society that encourages students to be outraged at the social injustices. What follows are a few key take-aways from her talk (not detailed notes). There are a lot of good tweets summarizing her main points. How are we feeling about the future of #highereducation? Surprisingly, "excited" at #STLHE2019SAPES ! Keynote Irshad Manji on (anxiety) about diversity and education in the age of outrage […]

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