Final thoughts —-

It is hard to believe we are so near to the end of this course – EC&I 834.  We were asked to reflect on the prototype we put together as a group.  First I did find it a challenge to only meet online vs in person at any point – but that maybe a sign of my age.   I learned to connect using zoom better on a smaller scale to help to put together this prototype.  The suggestion was to use google classroom, which was a great suggestion, but totally new to me.  I took time to learn about it and how to proceed – please refer to my prior posts regarding my learning curve  I really hope this prototype is useful to someone following the work we have put into it.  We focused on genius hour.  By doing this prototype we were allowed to use our learning and integrated technologies we had gained.  I have taught online for some time, but never attempted to make a platform to do this.  I increased my knowledge base and technology skills to do this.

A few touch up were needed following the suggestions of other students for our presentation.  These included how we would deal with a variety of scenarios if they were encountered.  We increased the age of the students involved with this prototype from grade 3-8 to grade 5-8.  It was thought it could be done at a younger age, but maybe more appropriate for older students. An additional video was created to explain the prior learning that maybe need to take place in order to blog for this prototype.  A huge thank you to all the group members of prototype development – Danielle, Adam, Kyle, Jenn, and Jorie.   A big thank you to Alec and Katia for their help and dedication.

The summary of learning we chose to do was with both Adam Krammer and myself.  Please enjoy- It is combination of a few technolgies.


Open vs Closed Online Classes

This week we were asked to think about the idea of openness in education.  In the past I have taken a MOOC class, but did not finish it.  At the time I felt a bit guilty, but when I look at the stats I realize I was one of the majority of people.  Mooc is an online video of college lecture.  M – means there is no limit to the number of students who can enroll in the world.  MOOC –  Massive Open Online Course.

MOOCs are controversial.  Some think they are higher education, others may feel the opposite.    They do provide a solution to overcrowded classrooms.   It forces professors to improve their lectures.  MOOCs are usually less than an hour addressing a single topic.  They create a dynamic archive.   People can interact from all over the world,  allows teachers to make the best of classroom time in a blended class.  MOOCs are designed to make the students keep up.  They offer business opportunities.  Negatives may include the following – Made discussions challenging, cause teachers to become a ” glorified teaching assistant”.   Research has shown that 25% of people taking the MOOC will drop out.  This is often due to reading abilities.  I do think  the MOOC adds value, but how many feel is should not replace traditional learning.  Does every country in the world have the same values to be accepting of the MOOC ? Not everyone can access them for various reasons.  I don`t believe you get a college credit for them

Platform and module learning

Hi Everyone,

Well I have to be honest again, learning for this project has been a steady climb for me.  I have never used google platform before, and that in itself was a learning curve.  Being able to access was not easy for me, as my U of R email was not working properly.  I finally was able to access this platform, and it was new to me.  I have learned a great deal about how it works, and how to add attachments to it.  A big thank you to Adam for helping me.  The following you tube is a short video on google classroom.

My next challenge was to learn to use screencast-o matic.  I had made a power point, but wanted to be able to apply it to a screen cast. It took me a few tries to get this accomplished.  I think part being nervous and know it is being taped.  I tried to insert my actual screen cast o matic, but it would not work to apply for me here.

My final learning curve was developing a kahoot by myself.  I think this was the easiest for me to do.  Instructions were easy to follow, and worked easily. My students love kahoots in the classroom.  It is interactive and interesting.  The quizzes can be based around any subject of choice.  A great way of learning.


Many Faces of Online Learning

I have to be honest, I am a bit older so much of my own schooling was done with classroom teaching with no technology.  As I progressed and started my Masters Program I began to use more technology, and blended learning.  This blended learning started with two classes using half in classroom , and half the classes online –  creating posts and replying to posts.  This current course I feel is as Bates described – hybrid of flexible learning using specific face to face teaching for anything that cannot be done satisfactorily online.  I am currently teaching in a four year nursing degree program through Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Regina. I also mark for an online program for Internationally Educated Nurses through Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  When marking for this program I use totally online marking.  Questions are answered by students and submitted to me for marking.  I do find when there is a video involved in the case study there is more relevance for the student and myself.  I agree with the blog written by Adam Krammer   He indicated that using videos can have both negative and positive outcomes.  I personally tend to find more positive than negative.  Here is a you tube regarding tips for video for online courses.

I do enjoy doing interactive programs such as Kahoots with online learning.  I use them in my class regularly and students seem to respond positively.  They state they like them and it opens up dialogue on certain topics.

Simulation has been a positive aspect in my teaching career.  The high fidelity simulation gives a realistic view of what a condition is like in a life like mannequin.  Simulation allows participants to purposely undertake high-risk activities or procedural tasks within a safe environment without dangerous implications to themselves or their patients.   It allows people to learn from errors and positive situations.  Learners address hands-on and thinking skills, including knowledge-in-action, procedures, decision-making, and effective communication. The scenarios can be repeated as many times as necessary.  Feedback can be given to learners immediately and allow them to understand exactly what went wrong / right and how they can improve. Simulation can be expensive. Some students take the scenario personally and have a hard time to handle the negativity of the situation. This is an example of high fidelity simulation.




Content Creation Tools

I have to say I have learned a great deal from EC&I 834 so far.  This is my second class so not feeling totally overwhelmed yet.  This week we were challenged with trying out one of the tools that were listed in our weekly schedule. After reading Jamie`s blog I have to agree with the comments there regarding IMovie.  We used IMovie in our final project in our last class.  It did work well, but I was happy I had someone that had used it prior.  I have I Movie on my cell phone as it came with the phone and I tried using it.  I first tried to use pics together as  movie –  It did work , but it was slow ( i am sure there must be a way to speed up to progression of the pictures).  I loved the  adding of songs to the video though.   IMovie is an Apple  video software that runs on Macintosh operating systems.

Pros of IMovie from my point of view may include – allows editing of both simple and complex videos.  It looks professional when finished.  It is user friendly for the most part.   You are able to add music and create movies from a number of sources.  It has video sharing capabilities also. You are able to edit each clip up close.  Text easy.     Cons may include,not all MP4 are supported by IMovie. The storage space is limited.  I have not tried to upload to you tube, but it was mentioned this maybe difficult depending on the version used.

I do think IMovie is an option to be used, that is user friendly for people like me that are not so technology savvy. I have been told that Final Cut is  faster and has more sophisticated video editing software ( maybe worth a look at).





Hi Everyone,

I have already blogged a bit about our topic of genius hour. I have to admit this was relatively new to me and has taken some learning. The idea sounds fascinating, and hopefully fruitful to others that learn about it.   The platform we have chosen to use is google classroom.  I personally have never used this before – so again another learning step for me.  The people working in the group I belong to have this used and felt it was a good working tool.  It always assignments to be stored and graded.  The instructor has the option to create files and attach them to the assignment.  Progress of the students can be monitored.  Assignments can be graded online and marks applied.  Communication between the instructor and class can be achieved.  Two way communication can also be utalized.  The classroom can be accesseed on the web or via a mobile app.  A code is given to the students , leaving more time for the teacher to engage in other activities.  This video helped me to understand it a bit better.

This will be a learning curve to use this platform for me. I look forward to the challenge ahead.


Course Prototype Project

Hi Everyone,

I am have to admit when I sit down to write these blogs I always wonder if I write enough. I am not a person to write a lot, but rather like to say what I want in shorter paragraphs.  So I do apologize if my blogs seem short at times.  I joined a group of wonderful fellow students who had already discussed a topic for our project.  I was really interested as I knew relatively little about the project idea.  I have to be honest- I had to research to really understand the meaning, and what my role would be.  My background is being a nurse, so this is relatively new concepts for me.  We are looking at genius hour.  I honestly believe this is an amazing concept.  The people I am working with mostly teach within our school districts, so as a nurse and a instructor of a nursing program I had to think how this would apply for me personally.  When I was a manager with the health region I believe this concept would have been valuable asset, to gather ideas for improvement, and increase motivation etc.  Now that I teach a nursing program, I believe the genius hour could have the potential to bring forth amazing contributions to our profession.  The learning module I will be looking at is how to develop questions that drive this project.  I keep wondering what it would have been like for me when I was younger to be able to actually learn about something that interested and inspired  me.  When I read Melinda`s post  I have to say I loved her opening dialogue  with Eminem`s song.  Welcome back Melinda !!   I know I am learning a lot even though this is my second class with Alec C .  I look forward to learning with you .  I think developing a course with medical terminology would be exciting, with a lot to learn.