Reflections

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Should I Apply to be Cambrian’s Innovation Champion? @cambriancollege @cambrianhub

Before I begin this reflection, I just want to say that anyone can be a champion of innovation without the job title. In fact, that is how my husband talked me out of applying for a job that called my name but has a vague description and many unknowns. As I found a place to sit in the gym at my daughter’s school dance, I located a plugin, which ironically was beside a former student. We discussed the reasons I […]

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Nursing in the Open: #OEGlobal Reflections

As I sit in my room in Delft after the most amazing conference experience a newcomer to open education could imagine, I am left with a lasting hope for the possibilities open education can have for nursing education in Ontario. @NurseKillam – would be very interested in how nursing practitioner-educators view OER in terms of quality. I've had conversations with folk in this discipline who have lots of concerns over accuracy, and some risks. https://t.co/svpNozVrDO — Adrian Stagg (@OpenKuroko) April […]

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Should nursing caps be canned?

Nursing caps are making a comeback at graduation ceremonies. Year after year I hold my tongue as graduates cross the stage wearing them. My personal bias against them was informed by a mentor of mine who was never shy to voice her opinion on various issues. Ironically, nursing student council announced in my class that they were organizing the purchase of nursing caps on the day I went to her celebration of life ceremony. While I do not yet have […]

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Creating, Finding and Using OERs #OER #OpenEdMOOC

In order to be open it is critical that educators have the skills to find and use Creative Commons licensed materials so they do not infringe on Copyright. Open Educational Resources (OER) are really not all that different than what I normally create – the only difference is the licensing. CreativeCommons licenses types and licensing from Marius My resource curation for learning to date has occurred primarily inside of the learning management systems at intuitions where I have taught and […]

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Help Me Track My Students!!! Please

Calling all website designers, techies, software developers, database managers and educators with connections. This is a call for help, referrals and advice. I have been assigned what seems like a huge task and I am not quite sure where to start! My task is to develop an online tracking system to give students and educators a more meaningful way to use clinical evaluations. I have been told that other Schools of Nursing have developed their own similar tracking systems so […]

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Is Innovation the casualty of contract negotiations? OER in Colleges

I identify as an innovator. Thankfully, I work for an organization that supports Innovation. In fact, innovation is written all over my workplace – It is right in their vision statement and strategic plan. Ramdlon / Pixabay Concurrently there is growing support for open educational resources in Ontario, an innovative concept that has potential to improve learning and move education forward into the next century. In the midst of this movement conversations need to be had about what faculty are […]

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Who is NurseKillam?

Over the past few months I have been considering re-branding my YouTube channel to more clearly represent the audience it serves. Part of that process is figuring out who NurseKillam has evolved into. Humble Beginnings The name NurseKillam took me about a minute to come up with. In 2010 I decided to make a video that I could use to show my students how to use APA format. When it came time to share the video with students I wanted […]

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Credability = PhD?

Scholarship is an important part of professional development. Lately I have been grappling with an inner desire to get a PhD that is driven by some unknown thing. In this post I am going to talk about that desire and speculate on why I feel like I need to do a PhD. The Need There are many reasons that a PhD would be a good idea for me in my career. As professors working within a college system there is […]

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Is blogging worth it?

As educators there seems to be a real push towards this thing called “blogging.”  The process of blogging seems like a daunting task to add on top of the busy life of a college professor.  Just figuring out how a blog should fit into my online presence has questioning what value it will add to the online space. Will anyone ever read this blog? My Failure This is not my first attempt at blogging. Last time I tried a blog […]

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