Well, I made it through my second class of #ECI834!! I’m excited to say that I am one step further than I was at this time last semester. Unfortunately, last semester I only made it through one class of ECI833- yes, I too was a parking lot dropout.
This week I want to introduce you to the course Stephanie, Malinda and I have decided to tackle. As nursing instructors we’ve all witnessed the difficulty students have with medical terminology. Medical terminology itself, is introduced and discussed marginally as specific course content and is allotted minimal course time. As a rule, students are expected to learn much of this new and difficult language on their own. Students often comment that they wish there was a course they could undertake outside of the nursing program that not only introduced them to medical terminology but discussed and examined more of the intricacies of this language.
Because we are only just beginning to uncover the benefits and drawbacks of blended and online courses, I find it difficult to clearly and definitively state what mode of delivery I would choose for our proposed course at this time. This being said, I have taught a blended (hybrid)course in the past and did enjoy numerous components including the personal relationships that were fostered during f2f sessions, the ability to clarify questions for students who had difficulty in communicating their misunderstandings and questions in the written word, and the ability to pickup on student understanding and comprehension through non-verbal cues that I may not have pickup on in a remote/online application. Sometimes it is the non-verbals that one receives as an educator that provides more insight and feedback on a students understanding than by only viewing submitted and edited assignments. This all being said, my rudimentary thinking is, if our class is based around knowledge and is an elective for students to complete if they so choose to assist them once they are in a formalized nursing class, our class would be based on an online model.
I want to thank everyone for all of their support and guidance thus far in the course! I enjoyed the atmosphere of the class this past week and everyone and their knowledge and humour. Last week Stephanie included a link about Vlog’ing in her post. I’m not sure if I am up for that challenge as of yet but I did put together a little video to demonstrate nursing students and their difficulty with medical terminology. This required my to set up a You-tube channel and figure out how to upload it to this weeks blog…. I hope you all enjoy it!