North Cohort

Below are all syndicated blog posts from the Northern Ontario Cohort. See also the list of active blogs.

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Ken Steele Speaker Session: Innovative Futures: Higher Education Trends towards 2040

I am excited to get to her Ken talk about innovation today in person. I’m looking forward to presenting on “ #HigherEd Trends Towards 2040” in the eDome at @CambrianCollege #Sudbury this morning! #imagineCambrian @CollegesOntario #OntarioColleges #Futuring #cdnPSE #CambrianCollege pic.twitter.com/DwNLXAB5c9— Ken Steele (@kensteele) October 11, 2019 I really love his strategy for knowing when to collect responses – he says he treats it like popcorn. When the responses stop coming in he knows he may burn it and moves on. […]

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Just Roll with it: Tuesday Teaching Tip

This Thursday, third-year students are using simulation to teach first-year students. We have spent time in class talking about the need to assess learning needs, plan teaching strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching. My number one tip for students walking into the role of a teacher is to learn to be flexible and work with (or roll with) whatever is happening. Below is what I told them to plan for. Plan Last week you planned for the facilitated […]

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Simulation Strategies: Tuesday Teaching Tip

Good morning! Simulation, whether virtual or in-person has immense potential for the development of nursing skills and confidence (Koetting & Freed, 2017). Simulations may be digital or not, graded or not, and used in conjunction with gamification (Wiggins, 2016). A lot of discussion around simulation is focused on hand-on high fidelity simulation, but simulation can happen in a variety of ways. The degree of fidelity that is needed depends on what is being taught. Some studies suggest that online simulation […]

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The Tech Problem: Tuesday Teaching Tip

Good morning educators! There are so many technologies for teaching out there (my favourite is H5P). One of the biggest mistakes an educator can make in any context is putting the technology before the learners. It is important not to jump into using technology too quickly without making an evidence-informed decision just because it seems useful. Instead, start with asking what problem you are trying to solve then look for technological or other ways to solve that problem. Bitmoji saying […]

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Tuesday Teaching Tip: Develop a Community of Inquiry

Below is a copy of an email I sent to my students this morning. I am teaching a course about teaching so I started sending them Tuesday Teaching Tips, which are well received to date. They are meant as a value-add to the course. They support course objectives but also expand on them by providing quick tips. Happy Tuesday! In the nursing program we have a lot of group work both inside and outside of class. What we are trying […]

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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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