Today, I have completely uploaded and finished my course for Advanced Cardiopulmonary A&P it should be ready for implementation on schoology this coming Fall. I feel like there are still some things that I could change or I would like to change. But, what I have noticed with any lesson or lecture I am working on and then present I feel like there are man changes that could be made.
My college has recently decided to upgrade from blackboard to blackboard ultra. I along with others from different departments have volunteered to pilot the implementation in the Fall with at least one of our online courses. We started weekly courses a few weeks ago. What I have found very interesting that the training and information they are giving us correlates with my Instructional Design Course. Most of the information given has helped me with developing this course. The interface of the new program will be something that no one will be use to and they are at least pushing for all instructors to put their grades on the program so that the students will know their on going grades. When this statement was made I was in shock to know that so many did not use this great resource for their students. Whether online course or face to face to at least house course information. Therefore, I believe that the transition might even be harder for them to understand since, they were not even use to the last system.
When choosing one of my courses that needed to be revamped it was not a hard choice. I knew it was my A&P course, I felt it was a struggle to teach as well as for my students to understand. When developing my ubd goals, I knew what needed to be changed. I was already trying to find a place to start on a change for this course. Now, that I have set forth my goals I am hoping this will be great success for my students as well as for me. I am hoping for more time to develop voice overs or actual lectures where I am actually videoed instead of the boring slide show to refer to. I want to engage the student to keep from losing someone who could have been great.
As I was developing this online course I also realized I need to look into setting up ubd goals for my RSPT 1201 Introduction to Respiratory Care course and implement an online course. This course could be fully taught online. I believe I could make changes such as videos that align with the lecture that would be covered that week, assignments, case studies, quizzes, and online testing. I still think they would need to come to campus one or two times throughout that semester to do a small lab but, I believe I need to set this up.
It is Still a Work in Progress
Implementing this course online has really made me think of more ideas on how to keep my innovation plan moving forward. When setting up this course at first I did not think of it as a course where if someone who is not familiar with the internet. I am use to my students who are not in their first semester of college they have took many courses of college by the time they get to the actual program. But, I believe all the courses should be uniform and tell them where they need to go and how to follow directions. If not they would be lost and asking many questions. I still would like to work on many different ways to perfect it and make it look much more appealing to the eye. Therefore, throughout this next week while I am finishing my course up I will go over it with a fine tooth comb.
As I finish week three of developing my online course through schoology, I am glad I decided to chose my RSPT 1340 Adv. Cardiopulmonary A&P course to begin with. This course needed a change. I still cannot find the best way to teach this course for my learners to fully get it. But, I am getting there. I think the more online and interactive engaging information they receive the more they will retain.
I have also, realized how many instructors or teachers who do not already teach their students online or give their student exams online. I am not sure if that has to do with funding or the fact they prefer paper testing. I did have one state her students get test anxiety if it is given online. Well, we begin in their introduction course before they are ever excepted given homework, timed quizzes, and timed exams on blackboard. The same continues once they are in the program. This prepares them for their National board exams once they graduate. If we start them day one then they will have less anxiety two years later. I believe that ever student we encounter knows something about the internet and should feel comfortable using it. Most of our learners today have never known a minute without internet or without an electronic device. I believe we should be using these in school if we want to prepare them for the real world.
This week I have put most of everything I need in my course. But, I have completed the first two units for the course. I have submitted homework assignments, discussion questions, quizzes, exams, and videos to be reviewed. Although, this took quiet some time I still think I need to make some changes. I am not completely pleased with my course. I always believe that my classes need improvement. I found that it was easy to import my quizzes, homework, and exams from exam view without any problems. I am not sure though that the grading scale is correct but I need to look more closely at that.
Since, this course still will require some face to face time I will be able to assess or answer questions if they are unsure of the change of LMS or about their course. My classes are usually not over twelve students at a time so it gives me time to answer any questions should they need them. I think this system is just as easy to work through as blackboard and they should not have too many questions regarding the navigation. I believe that having myself set up a whole new course and make these changes is helping me establish my goals and look more into my innovation plan everyday.
This week was a little more difficult when thinking about my course. I had to look deeper at what I wanted to put into it. Since, I was wanting to do so much change to this course I needed to observe what has not been working with my face to face course. I developed my outline or calendar for the course which was hard to do since, I will not be teaching this course till the Fall. But, I am thankful since this will be one less thing I will have to create in the start of school. I started working in my schoology course this week. I updated my profile and began to look around and familiarize myself with the site.
I began to wonder how to approach the situation from face to face to an online course. I have taught courses that were hybrid before. I used my face to face time to do minimal lecture but more hands on time. I used the LMS as the homework, slides, quizzes, and then tests were given on campus.
I believe lectures are still beneficial when using face to face as well as using online. I like to refer back to our interactions we have here in my online classes. But, I believe posting a summarization of your learning that the learner can benefit from a posted power point will help them work through their notes. I plan on trying to post power point lectures as well as a voice over or a video to coincide with the slides. Our you tube videos that will help them with their readings for that week. That way they will have something to refer back to and review. It is sometimes hard to work through an internet course and apply yourself and stay engaged. I think being able to hear a voice as well as read helps someone retain the information.
I have only taught this course as a face to face course so this will be a challenge working with my LMS Schoology for A&P. There will be many different things I will have to experiment with. I will be experminenting with different types of ways to assess my students as well as engage them through interaction. I teach mostly independently in my core subjects. I do not teach just one subject I have different course numbers that are assigned to me throughout different semesters. This course will be solely taught by me in the Fall once a year.
I will have case studies, short answer, multiple choice exams, as well as homework assignments placed in my LMS. I will have different Units that will have to be completed by a certain date and time for review for their exam. I will have check points through that unit to see how they are doing and discussions to make sure everyone feels confident in their learning.
This approach to building a schoology website and revamping my course has helped me meet one of my goals that I thought would never happen. I believe that this is pushing me in the right direction to motivate me towards a way to help others get my innovation plan on the right tract.
My first week of Instructional Design and Online Learning course, I was asked to first find a LMS that was to my liking. I have been teaching courses online using LMS for the last three years. We use blackboard as our platform. It seems pretty easy to work through although frustrating at times, as anything does on the internet. I chose schoology to reconstruct my course I was working through in 5313. I hope setting up this account and building my course it will help me make the changes I was hoping and help in the long run with my innovation plan.
My course will be related more to the constructivism approach. I have been teaching a hybrid course for the last three years. With all the course instruction and assignments online. Face to Face time was for exams or hands on lab time. I used our time to learn more about what a Respiratory Therapist does and an introduction to how they do it. My department also, houses all assignments, quizzes, exams, on blackboard for all of our other courses. Although, we lecture face to face, have clinical, or perform labs with them.
I believe academically and professionally the instructor must have great knowledge of their subject to teach online, as well as, great knowledge of technology. I don’t think someone could teach online or perform blended learning without the prior knowledge of their subject, audience, or the technology that they are working with. Our campus is now offering quality matters courses for all online and hybrid instructors. I believe this is a great tool for them.
When creating goals for my course I struggled with them. But, redoing my course completely was actually my first goal and recreating my online configuration for that course is where I needed to start. I believe this is going to help me fullfill my goals for my course. Online courses are different from your everyday face to face courses. You do not get to see your students like your others. But, you are constantly communicating via email, they are submitting assignments, and you receive emails. You are constantly getting correspondence. Therefore, it is rather hectic on your inbox. It takes an instructor who has good time management skills.
After, reviewing and creating the two different design plans I believe that the three column table is easier to construct. Although, I found the the UBD Goals wear very detailed oriented and time consuming. I found myself spending much more time working on this design. I also, found that it took much more thought process into the design but, helped me to realize what my students might need or want as a learner. Coming from a background of health care and not education I found great insight into both of these designs. I enjoyed finding away to construct a course. Before now I have been working blindly and building things based on what I thought needed to be done. I believe these plans will help me not only become a better educator but will help me develop my innovation plan.
Below is my UBD Goals:
When, developing my UBD goals I realized that it was making me think more into my course and what I needed to do to get the learner to engage. It wasn’t all about what I needed out of the course. I think it help me think more deeply. During, the three column table I focused on assessing and planning. I think it was great for setting up my course and I believe I will use this for each course I teach. The UBD goals will take much more time to construct. For my purposes I think Fink’s model is compatible for my course work.
As I continue to find a way to create a significant learning environment I realize that this process is not easy there are so many things that I need to change and things I need to change in others such as their mindset. I need to look beyond the course work. I have to look at every aspect of the program to make sure I am applying all of the practices to each course. I have been more focused on the clinical aspect of the program than the content aspect.
After reviewing finks model on course design I realize there is more that I should be doing in my RSPT 1340 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology section that I teach in the Fall of the first semester for my students. I am finishing this course up this week and I have felt that this course out of all the course that I teach it is the one I really struggle with therefore, they struggle with it. This semester seemed even harder. Mostly, because I was short handed on clinical instructors and I had to physically teach clinical on course days therefore, I had to trade out more face to face time with internet assignments. In the end my students grades did not suffer and they felt they still got a great outcome but I felt they were short changed. Every Fall when this course comes back I feel as if it needs a change so, I think reviewing this course was a great idea.
Using the following design guides have helped me create my specific course goals and align for the upcoming year. I have included my Learning Environment/Situational Factors Outline, Questions for Formulating Significant Learning Goals, and my BHAG Rather than use the Learning Outcomes 3 Column Table.
FINK, L.D. (2003) A self-directed guide to designing courses for significant learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Everyday human beings, and animals are learning. How did I become the learning that I am today? How do we teach animals? How do we teach our kids to use the potty? I just watched my husband reward our boxer puppy with a treat for sitting. We as learners seem to relate to the fact that a reward such as a sticker, treat, grade, money, hug, kiss, or acknowledgement will help us learn. Most of my learning, was due to memorizing the review sheet for the test. When I would focus more on the memorizing I was learning the information for the test and I would forget the information days later. I never really understood the information, I could only regurgitate it. I was so worried about making the “A” on the test I would tend to forget why I was even learning at all. At this point I knew I was not being challenged to learn. According to, Tony Bates post on Learning Theories and online learning :
Behaviorism- is an attempt to model the study of human behavior on the methods of the physical sciences, and therefore concentrates attention on those aspects of behavior that are capable of direct observation and measurement (Bates, 2014). Tony Bates
“Challenge Me and I Learn”
I still believe the behaviorism model is necessary. We still have to remember things and regurgitate. Such as, labeling the parts of the heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and skull. There is a reason we have been taught to apply learning in this fashion. We also, still have moments where we are required to apply multiple choice exam skills. For instance, my students are only tested in their lecture work with multiple choice exams due to the fact that their national boards to become licensed is multiple choice. We try to prepare them for what is to come. “Reinforcement in humans can be quite simple, such as immediate feedback for an activity or getting a correct answer to a multiple choice test” (Bates, 2014).
I believe that learning is such a beautiful thing to witness. I love watching my students get a concept. I love when you see it in their eyes and all of the sudden they have put all the pieces together. I also, love seeing my son come home everyday learning something knew. It’s awesome even though he is in Pre-K, he will have homework and witnessing him draw the number ten to ten dots where he counted them. I believe learning is never ending. All beings are continually learning and due to the internet and social media learning has changed tremendously. The learner has access to research, courses, video, and chat with a touch of a button. Therefore, I think my behaviorism learning philosophy has transformed and combined with connectivism and constructivism philosophies.
Connectivism- is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories. Learning is a process that occurs within nebulous environments of shifting core elements-not entirely under control of the individual (Siemens, 2005). Siemens
According to Siemens, Learning now occurs in a variety of way through communities of practice, personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks (Siemens, 2005). In connectivism students need a high level of explicit support in learning from an ‘expert’ teacher and this requires learners to have at least some level of formal or traditional education before they participate if they are to fully benefit from this (Bates, 2014). I believe I have started to learn better with the ability to choose and find a way to learn the way I would like. I also, realize that learning is ever-changing. Also, being in education things are constantly changing and you have to keep up with the learning to make sure you are teaching them with the correct tools. Therefore, you will have to continually learn everyday on top of what you already have processed.
Constructivism-argue that individuals consciously strive for meaning to make sense of their environment in terms of past experience and their present state. It is an attempt to create order in their minds out of disorder, to resolve incongruities, and to reconcile external realities with prior experience (Bates, 2014).
The constructivist teacher provides tools such as problem-solving and inquiry-based learning activities with which students formulate and test their ideas, draw conclusions and inferences, and pool and convey their knowledge in a collaborative learning environment. Constructivism transforms the student from a passive recipient of information to an active participant in the learning process (www.thirteen.org, 2004). I feel that later on in life when I chose to go to respiratory school that I excelled. I am not sure if it is because it was a different type of teaching. I believe that they taught not only with the behaviorist but with the, constructivist model. They chose to apply real life concepts while allowing us to critically think, apply concepts, and work through problems. I was challenged! I felt like the more I learned the more I wanted to know. I did not care about my grade I cared about what I was learning. I myself, use these concepts. I teach and allow the student to work through a problem. I want them to know if you a persons O2 Sat is low you need to apply the correct oxygen device and if you don’t this or that might happen. I do not want them to memorize anything but the normal O2 sat. They need to work through the problem and apply the concepts. This is used through simulation, as well as in lecture and clinical. I always give them a chance to get to a point they get the answer if they do not we work backwards and then a light will click. If it doesn’t it is time to teach again!
Due my constructivist thinking I believe it is critical to implement my innovation plan for e-portfolios. This will allow my students to post vlogs, blogs, reflect on their learning, and give them choice. It will help them become better respiratory therapist upon graduation! My belief is that I can influence others and help them incorporate e-portfolios into their programs. I hope that I can facilitate as a leader in the change of learning on my campus. The learner of today is ready for the change and the change is now! I feel that I have changed throughout my childhood and many college years from a behaviorist and now a connectivist and constructivist. I also, feel as if I teach in the same ways that I learn. My program must have critical thinking to produce great respiratory therapist, it also needs more choice and I hope to bring that to the table.
Bates. T (2014). Learning theories and online learning. Retrieved from.
I loved Sir Robinson’s argument so much I watched it numerous times! I am in total agreement with him. It tells me that our education has built a system for these crazy outcomes and that every student must be the exact same no matter their background, level, or learning ability. That is not the real world. We all come from different walks of life.
I believe that we should focus on the student and use the technology to teach the student. The number one goal is the student.
I love how he said not everyone needs to go to college or at least for now. There is so much pressure on students to pick a career in college instead of waiting to decide what they really have a passion for. I never knew my passion was going to be teaching. I thought in school I would want to teach Agriculture, but while in college others in the program discouraged me so I changed my mind. Years later I went back to Respiratory School and now I am an RT. I love being a Respiratory Therapist and I love the fact I get to teach what I love. Therefore, my day flies by I tell my husband I feel like I never have enough time. Eight hours isn’t enough to accomplish what I need to with my students. I am so passionate about it.
Disruptive innovation is nothing I have ever thought of till this point! When you think of disrupting something you think of bothering someone or doing something wrong. In this circumstance it is making a huge change in how we educate our students. When I think back to the videos I think about how they spoke about some of the students love to work from their desk at home or they are stay at home moms but still like that face to face contact. They feel rewarded by going to college even though they are at home with their little one. And, having the capabilty to learn from a live face-to-face lecture in their livingroom is shaking up the world that we live in.
We are so use to the usual, the normal, the standard of sitting in the classroom and listening to the teacher or professor lecture. That is what we grew up on. Now there are so many outlets out there to bring the classroom to you. My campus has one health care discipline that provides satellite locations, online lectures, and weekend courses. My discipline has not took this on quiet yet. I see that their is a need for this and I have tried to implement more online resources this semester for the students to work on outside of class.
I like them being about to do things on their on that is readily available to them online then making them do busy work in the classroom. Where I can use that time to lecture on the topics that are the most important, show them the correct way to do things, as well as use that time for assessments. Since, doing this over the summer with them I seen a great change in their learning. Students like to have the option on how to work on their assignments outside of class I have learned.
When I think of blended learning I think of technology. I believe it is because technology has driven this force. If it wasn’t for the affordable apps, ipads, lap tops, or the Internet it would not be made possible. And technology is ever changing. But, they are right we need to focus on more of the education than the technology. We need to take the tools and use them for our audience. I am still working on a way of implementing e-portfolios for my students to use them as resume’s or reference on what they learned throughout my program or for job interviews in the future. It has already been a crazy start and have been able to implement different things that I have learned over the last few months in our classes.
What is my why? I am asked by many in my health field profession, why I chose to teach. Most of them cannot understand how I could take a pay cut or even how I could sit at a desk or lecture in front of a class.
First, when I considered teaching Respiratory Care, I thought of it as an opportunity to be more available for my family. My husband is gone sometimes for 30 to 50 days and I would work a 12 hour night shifts, come home pick up my son, and try to stay awake with him. But, after really sitting down to consider the change from clinical practice to education, I thought why would I stop the adrenal rush that working in critical care made me feel. Therefore, why I teach is to help develop young adults or adults looking for their passion, into great Respiratory Therapist. I want to provide a better experience, encourage them to be their best, and help develop the best Respiratory Therapist in East Texas. When my staff and I think of how we want to teach our students, we think of at some point we are educating students in the future to either take care of us, our spouses, parents, and children.
I started developing my eportfolio with the growth mindset assignment. I feel like it is a work in progress. I am constantly trying to make it authentic to me. I believe it will reflect my beliefs more in nature, since the program uses the COVA method. We will have more opportunity to make the decision to make the decision on how we want our course work completed. Since, developing the wordpress site I have read a few blogs either related to my education field, the program, marriage, and mom information. I never knew wordpress existed until June, mine is a work in progress and I believe it will follow me beyond the program. I enjoy working on it each day to improve the look.
Since, starting this program a few short weeks back I can honestly say I have learned more than I thought and I have felt encouraged the entire way through it. A lesson that I think I have learned that will go with me from this point forward is the growth mindset and how to communicate with your students. I feel like after reading the book, when simulation day came around, I felt when talking to my student who wasn’t improving it gave me better insight. I spoke with her to see what we could do to help her, she still was hesitant. Therefore, I decided when we return in the Fall she would have a plan to help her with critical thinking and hopefully get her on the right track. Yes, it is more work on me, but like I said my why is to create better Respiratory Therapists.