Posts of Interest

TED Talks

Here is an interesting Ted Talks related to motivation, re connection and nourishing the learner. Although it is related to drop out rates of high school students there is still merit in the adult learning context.

Robinson K. (May 2013). How To Escape Educations Death Valley. [TED Talks Video] 19:11mins. Retrieved April 6, 2017 from http://www.edudemic.com/10-best-ted-talks-of-2014-for-educators/

Media

This article is a good reminder of what can happen with the overuse of some resources in the classroom, specifically transparencies and powerpoint. As well, this article reminded me of the importance of engaging your students and not supplying all the material prior to class that you are going to lecture on. This can have a strong correlation to attendance. The article provided some simple reminders of do’s and don’ts when using basic technology that I will periodically review as a form of self evaluation.

R.M. Felder and R. Brent, (2005): Death by PowerPoint, Chem. Engr. Education, 39(1), 28-29 www.ncsu.edu/felder-public/Columns/PowerPoint.pdf.

Motivational Techniques

This is a quick, easy read on bringing you back to the basics of motivation in the classroom. It examines how to secure the attention of the learner by providing 12 strategies with examples. These strategies range from using real life examples of why the learner will benefit from what you are teaching to catching attention through visual models. Then the article discusses developing interest into desire. Finally, it concludes with how to sustain the desire to learn. Due to the articles easy read and ‘friendly’ layout, it serves a s a good reminder of the basics of why our learners are present and our roles as educators to motivate and ‘feed’ the desire to learn.

Usova, George M.; Gibson, Marcia (1986): Motivational Strategies for Curriculum Development,Guide Classroom Use. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED276839.pdf
Characteristics of Adult Learners

Instructional Processes/Strategies

This article talks about the importance of ice breakers not just at the beginning of a course, but the continual use of this strategy throughout. The premise of icebreakers is that they help people get acquainted and begin conversations. This in turn reduces tension and increases communication and engagement. The article talks about the effective implementation of ice breakers by examining some different activities, giving a brief description of each and the effective learning principles behind the activity. Some great application to everyday teaching challenges in the classroom with those learners that struggle to engage.

Chlup, Dominque and Collins, T. (June 2010): Breaking the Ice: Using Ice Breakers and Re-energizers with Adult Learners,  Adult Learning Journal, Vol. 21 Issue 3/4, p34-39 http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.cnc.bc.ca:2048/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=44d3933b-28b1-4883-843f-e1600b034765%40sessionmgr4004&vid=26&hid=4201

Creating a Positive Learning Environment

This article discusses the implications of inclusive learning environments and the outcomes of the learners by fostering this type of environment. There are many struggles that educators face to ensure inclusivity. When we have different sexes, races, religions, etc there can be challenges. As well as societal implications that can create challenges with inclusion. There is also the importance of recognition and validation of what our learners bring to the classroom, from life experiences. This is an imperative part of my teaching, that in healthcare we teach everyday. Nonjudgemental attitudes and recognition of our own biases, and the potential implications of providing care, all can be considered to fall under factors to inclusive learning environments.

Imel, Susan. (1995): Inclusive Adult Learning Environments, ERIC Digests, 162 http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED385779.pdf

ArticleSocial Media Use in Nursing Education
Schmitt, T., Sims-Giddens, S. and Booth, R. (Sept 2012): Social Media Use in Nursing Education, Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, Volume 17, Issue 3. http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?sid=b751dbfa-e790-4264-ab88-e7800476fe6f%40sessionmgr4004&vid=0&hid=4212&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=aph&AN=85342378

ArticleCommunication Technology and Social Media: Opportunities and Implications for Healthcare Systems

(Sept 2012): Communication Technology and Social Media: Opportunities and Implications for Healthcare Systems, Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, Volume 17. http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=e8c20c6d-060c-401b-8fb4-06dc8bd8521c%40sessionmgr198&hid=124&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=c8h&AN=2011921466

New Insights gained in terms of the variety of roles that educators play in relation to social networking in the healthcare field

Social media usage is on the rise in varying capacities. The question is as educators in the healthcare sector do we take advantage of this? Currently in my particular area we do not use social media at all. Social media is a platform that can engage our learners and be a platform to develop understanding of professional communication. This could be an important platform to help engage our learners in ethical issues, patient privacy and help to aid in developing writing competency.

The key purpose of social media is engagement through electronic communication. Social media is a form of communication that is ‘simply’ changing how we send and receive information. ‘Simply’ is an understatement when you begin to navigate the many implications of this form of communication. There are many barriers to the usage of social media from a privacy perspective, time, cost, lack of familiarity and the age of the users of the technology. As much as the millennial generation sees the use of social media as a defining characteristic of their generation, do they know how to utilize it as a professional tool? This would become the role of the educator.

Nurse educators are starting to explore how to implement social media in an educational context. Nursing and healthcare professionals have a need for collaboration and networking with our interdisciplinary teams. What better way than electronic collaboration and networking?

The article ‘Social Media Use in Nursing’ provides some tips for social media use within nursing curriculum that are summarized below:

-know your institution or facility policy on social media usage
-have an understanding of your students educational background
-implement only 1-2 new forms of social media at a time and test it
-know your support systems i.e. technology department, librarians, etc.
-ensure that course objectives are being supported
-know your audience
-provide privacy setting checklists for students
-provide examples of correct usage and incorrect usage of social media to your learners (Schmidt, 2012)

Trends that are emerging related to social networking in the healthcare education field

With the easy access and increasing usage of the internet we are seeing more possible uses of social media in healthcare education. Trends of communication with students via email is common practice. We know that a majority of our students use social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Currently in our class we do not use this as a forum, but it would be a great tool to connect on a site and collaborate with fellow students if the site is secured appropriately. More Health Authorities have social network sites for communication and are utilizing sites for support groups for patient education and disease management.

Most students have mobile devices that can often be looked at as a hindrance and distraction in the classroom, but is there a different way to view this? Is this a potential tool that we have sitting at our fingertips that we do not use for engagement? How could this be utilized as a tool? I know in some realms of education there are apps that are encouraged to be utilized to aid in teaching, some even send out secure text message reminders to aid in time management and organization.

We are seeing many trends in healthcare related to social networking and technology. This is also being seen in our workplaces in healthcare as well. It is important as educators to recognize the workplace trends so that we can utilize these tools in the classroom to better prepare our learners for the workplace. Confidentiality and ethical practice are always a concern with any type of e-communication, both in the classroom and in the workplace. This is for us the obstacle that keeps us from taking a leap into the pool of social networking in the classroom.