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Skills labs for medic class 4 R. Smith We had our first virtual lab last week. It went pretty well. We identified a couple differences between BLS and ALS courses. First, the ALS students later in their program do not need to watch the procedures being performed but they do need to see assessment findings 'acted out' (think stroke assessment). BLS students, on the other hand, still benefit from seeing the skills 'acted out.' \We break the students into small groups and assign them to instructors over a WebEx link. One student is the team lead and directs the instructor's actions as well as conducts the patient interview. The other students observe until their turn.We have also had the students complete assessments over WebEx. For this activity we break the students into groups of two, so they aren't talking over each other. One instructor can oversee two groups on two separate devices (muted with sound on; interject as needed).
by K. Whitten
12 hours ago
Zoom Hacks to Help Move EMS Class Forward. 1 K. McKenna I really like the  idea of using a photo with a "scene"for scenarios!  We have been utilizing the "breakout rooms" function for group work and also for scenarios.  I create a "room" for each adjunct and rotate the students through just like we would in person.
by I. Breden
15 hours ago
Article: Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities in Any Course 0 N. Reese   Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities in Any Course Please take a moment to read this article by Timothy Hanrahan published on FacultyFocus: Link to Article
by N. Reese
19 hours ago
Using iSimulate with Zoom 1 K. O'Connor Katie we just did this in lab yesterday too - it works great! Kim McKenna
by K. McKenna
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The Shift to Remote Learning: The Human Element 1 N. Reese Really good article and content to explore. This is the central question on everyone's mind; how will I learn, study and thrive in a digital educational experience. If Y2K brought fears and anxiety about the internet, this Pandemic has catapulted us into the 5th dimension of on-line learning. We are all going to need a digital detox from time to time. Learning modes and styles will remain basically the same. How do you learn? Visual, Auditory, Kinetic experiential; and now full on remote education with a dash of virtual simulation added. It will still be up to the individual, be it an instructor or student who needs to work a program of health and wellness and remain academically fit!
by N. Tucker
Friday, March 27, 2020
Public Safety Group: Webinars, Blogs and Resources 0 N. Reese   Public Safety Group has several valuable resources for educators moving over to the online classroom. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday they will be holding webinars for EMS Educators about our solutions as well as information sharing for the community.  The link to these webinars is below, but they are also posting COVID specific information on all of of their websites with blogs and links as appropriate. Please visit www.psglearning.com, www.recert.com and  www.ecsinstitute.org for more!   Webinar Link: https://info.psglearning.com/distance-education-training-0?_ga=2.162028540.1159004872.1585312600-412817340.1584714818
by N. Reese
Friday, March 27, 2020
Society for Simulation in Healthcare: FREE SimSeries COVID-19 Webinar 0 N. Reese   Society for Simulation in Healthcare: FREE SimSeries COVID-19 Webinar Society for Simulation in Healthcare is starting a free weekly webinar series! The first webinar will be March 31, 2020. Tune in to learn how to use Simulation to replace much needed, lost clinical experiences due to COVID-19!   Register here:   https://www.ssih.org/Professional-Development/Online-Learning/SimSeries-Webinars    
by N. Reese
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Top Hat: When and How to Use Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Methods 0 N. Reese   Remote Learning: When and How to Use Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Methods If you are using Top Hat, you may find this article beneficial as it explains synchronous vs. asynchronous learning and applications and best practices for utilizing both effectively. The link to the article is below: Click Here for Article For more Top Hat blogs, click here: https://tophat.com/blog/ For Top Hat guides, webinars and teaching resources, click here: https://tophat.com/teaching-resources/
by N. Reese
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Video: Tips for Creating Effective Learning Environments in Online Courses 0 N. Reese   Tips for Creating an Effective Learning Environment in an Online Course In this webinar, acclaimed author and experienced online educator, Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD, shares her strategies for creating an effective learning environment in an online course, from initially engaging a class and setting expectations to encouraging student participation, communicating expectations and feedback, and creating space for diverse talents and learning styles.   For additional Online Teaching Resources from Jones & Bartlett, visit https://info.jblearning.com/online-teaching-resources  
by N. Reese
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Blog Post: "Please do a bad job of putting your courses online" 0 N. Reese   Blog Post: "Please do a bad job of putting your courses online." Take a moment to read this interesting perspective from Rebecca Barrett-Fox on moving courses from the classroom to online and the things that may be important to prioritize above aesthetic perfection. Before you read, please read this disclaimer from the author: "This advice is very different from that which I would share if you were designing an online course. I hope it’s helpful, and for those of you moving your courses online, I hope it helps you understand the labor that is required in building an online course a bit better." Link to the Article: https://anygoodthing.com/2020/03/12/please-do-a-bad-job-of-putting-your-courses-online/amp/
by N. Reese
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Inside Higher Ed: Privacy & the Online Pivot 0 N. Reese   Inside Higher Ed: Privacy & the Online Pivot Check out this article from Inside Higher Ed about privacy concerns that may be involved in this transition to online learning:   https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/03/25/pivot-online-raises-concerns-ferpa-surveillance?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=b7abeb7ead-DNU_2019_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-b7abeb7ead-197364765&mc_cid=b7abeb7ead&mc_eid=e1899eac2f
by N. Reese
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Helpful Links for COVID-19 & Online Education 2 N. Reese Nate, Thanks so much for putting all of this together. EMS Educators need this information all in one place and you have provided it!Our Association is so grateful for the work you put in to connect all of us.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Society for Simulation in Healthcare - Helpful Links & Info on COVID-19 0 N. Reese   Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH) The Society for Simulation in Healthcare has put together a fantastic resource page with several sections of helpful links and resources for educators grappling with online simulation scenarios. Click the link below to access their list of relevant information, press releases, webinars, hyperlinks, research, publications and social media pages that you may find useful! https://www.ssih.org/COVID-19-Updates/-Helpful-Links-and-Information
by N. Reese
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The 101 on D2L: How to Use Brightspace 0 N. Reese   If you are familiarizing yourself with the Brightspace Learning Environment from D2L, here's a helpful document that may benefit you as you get started!   HOW TO USE BRIGHTSPACE (D2L) EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM   What tools do I need?   - For the most part, you only need a computer with reliable internet.   - If you intend to do any web conference meetings or record videos you will also need a webcam and a microphone. A headset is helpful but not required.   - If you need to share a document, post the digital file in your course shell. If it's a paper document, image, etc. you can capture a picture with a phone and share the image in your shell. If you need to share a physical document in a web conference meeting you can show it via the webcam or capture a picture with your phone and share it using the share screen feature of your software.   Access D2L   - Go to your schools direct link to your D2L account. This is the most direct way. Bookmark it.    Find your courses   - In the "my courses" widget on the home page select Spring 2020 to display your current courses. Select one of the courses to access it.   Creating content and modules   - When you first access a course you will be on the course homepage.   - From the course homepage, click on “Content” in the navigation bar.   - On the left, under “Table of Contents” is a box where you can type the name of a module. After you enter the name of the module (use meaningful, topical titles like “Unit -    The Solar System” or “Week 9 - The Civil War”) press “enter”.   - Here are detailed instructions for Creating a New Module.   - Once you have at least one module you can begin to upload content.   - Click the blue button for “Upload / Create” and then select the type of content you wish to add. For example, to upload a file, click “Upload a File”. To link to a website, click “Create a Link”. To link to a video, click “Video or Audio”.   - Here are detailed instructions on using the Content Tool to add materials.     Create opportunities for student engagement with the content, each other and you.       - Once you have content in your course, students will need instruction on what to do with it, how to engage with it, what they are expected to learn and how they will demonstrate their learning. Some examples include: -  Writing a reflection of some sort that is turned in to you for evaluation and feedback. -  Giving students a task such as finding examples of something related to what they are learning and sharing them in a discussion. -  Asking students to create a model to demonstrate something or to use a metaphor to explain something. These can be turned in to you or shared with the class in a discussion.   - To “assign” these types of activities, create a file in “Content” with the directions (see below). Please note that the "Assignments" tool in D2L is poorly named as it is for students to submit work to you, NOT for you to assign work to them.   Create or add a file to a module   - Select the module you want to add a file to.   - Click the blue “Upload / Create” button.   - Select “Create a File”   - In the window that opens, give the file a title (be descriptive).   - If you wish to use a template, select one from the drop down next to the title. The “Blank_Page_No_Banner” template is a good option. It will have basic formatting that will help make the page readable.   - In the text box, add the information you wish to include in the file.   - Click “Save and Close” when finished.   - Here are detailed instructions for Creating a Topic, which is what D2L calls content items.   Add discussions (this is where students can interact and share)   - The “Discussion” tool in D2L is where students can interact with each other and with you. It is best thought of as an interaction space as much more can happen here than just discussing things.   - Before students can interact in the Discussion tool, you have to create at least one Forum and one Topic. You only need one Forum. A Forum can have multiple Topics.   - Click the link for “Discussions” on the navigation bar.   - Click the blue “New” button and select “Forum”.   - Title the Forum with a descriptive title like “Weekly Discussions” or similar then click “Save and Close”.   - Click the blue “New” button again and this time select “Topic”.   - In the dropdown for “Choose a Forum” select the forum you just created.   - Add a title. Be sure to use something meaningful and descriptive (e.g. Your Thoughts on the Crash Course Video, or Sharing Your Model Solar System, etc.)   - Add directions. BE SPECIFIC. Clearly describe what you want students to do. Use descriptive criteria. Say things like “identify one thing from the video you found confusing and discuss why it was confusing to you.” Or, “after recording your video of your model solar system, share the link to your video.” Next, describe HOW students should engage. For example, “read the replies of your peers and find at least one that described something that was confusing to them that YOU understood. Now do your best to help your classmate understand. Explain it to them.”   - Review your directions. Are they clear and detailed? What questions might students have? Edit your directions to try to address those questions.   - DO NOT say “post once, reply twice” as that is much too vague.   - Once you have finished editing click the “Save and Close” button at the bottom.   - Here are detailed instructions for Getting Started with Discussions.   Communicate with students   - It is extremely important that you communicate with students to let them know what’s going on.   - If possible, discuss with them in class about how to find their online course shell, what to look for, how you plan to communicate with them, etc.   - Send email to students through D2L. Click on the Classlist and then check the box next to the students you want to send email to. Click the hyperlink for “Email” above the list of names. A new window will open where you can compose and send your message. Here are detailed instructions for using the Classlist.   - Post an announcement on the course homepage. Click the link for “Course Home” on the navigation bar. In the left column you should see the “Announcements” widget. From the dropdown menu click “New Announcement”. Here are detailed instructions for creating Announcements. It is highly recommended that you post at least one new announcement and/or send an email each week to keep students informed as well as to summarize what they learned last week and what to expect for the coming week.
by N. Reese
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Dr. Bill Young - Instructional Videos 0 N. Reese Check out Dr. Bill Young's Youtube page with tons of educational videos, lessons and scenarios! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzqkzVcKWn8LjYFiS8gIfow/videos
by N. Reese
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Ten Minute Medic (TMM) Podcast 0 N. Reese Please find this resource from Dr. Bill Young:   The Ten Minute Medic (TMM) Podcast: The Ten Minute Medic (TMM) Podcast is for busy EMS students who need information in bite size portions to listen to between calls or while standing in line.  Brought to you by experienced EMS educators, who are busy themselves, we will never waste your time with useless fluff! https://tenminutemedic.podbean.com/    
by N. Reese
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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