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.