End of course reflections

Ed366- Educational Technology and The Adult Learner

Well what can I say, it’s been a great 7 days.  Dave managed to break down my resistance to joining the world of twitter, even if it was out of necessity, and self survival. To be perfectly honest, I’m still not sure if I will be tweeting much after this course but at least the door has been opened. Through this course I’ve met a great group of people, which makes the classes much more enjoyable, so thank you all for that.  Over these 7 days I have also had my eye’s opened to the tools/technology that is available to assist me in my instructing.

As I had said in earlier blogs, for a long time I was somewhat limited to the amount of technology that I could introduce into my courses. As a result I didn’t really look at what I could be adding or using to make my course better other than fighting the battle to change some content. However that limitation that I had previously had become somewhat of a cage for me, the door to the cage was now open but I had been conditioned to stay inside. I would make excuses that there’s no real value or room for that stuff in my classes “it’s to hands on”, and in some cases this is still the case. However, after this course I am looking at things a bit differently, rather than looking for excuses as to why I can’t, I’m trying to see how and what I can. For me this is one of the biggest shifts.

I also enjoyed the way in which Dave allowed use to work through the tool and learn how they worked rather than the whole this is what it is, this is where is and this is how you use it. For me, the self-learning, peer collaboration approach allows me to have a much high retention rate, It must be because of my learning style, that right I said it!

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Or was it the collaborative learning?

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Overall great class, course, and experience.

Dave E


Rose’s Article Discussion number 1


In my field, as in most fields, research is ongoing. With EMS and medicine, it seems to be cyclical. Things fall into favour then out of favour and then, low and behold, it’s once again, the latest and greatest.  EMS historically did not get much credit in the research world. We typically adopted what the hospitals were doing and that was that. Well, maybe some modifications to make it work well for us. We are just now beginning to jump start our own research projects that specifically relate to our field.  Often times, these research ideas start in our academic centers. Even here at Holland College.

One thing that comes up over and over again is CPR. How should be done? How fast? How slow? Should we use automated compression devices?  Compressions only or compressions and breaths? Who should do what? What happens when we stop CPR? When should we stop CPR? It seems there are new guidelines every year! And for today’s article topic, what is the best way to train people?

“Performance of CPR in the clinical setting is believed to be frequently inconsistent with the AHA guidelines and of low quality. Pre-hospital professionals often report that initial CPR and resuscitation training is void of effective instruction and application.”

I am curious what the reasoning is behind these statements. Couple things. The article mentions several times the lack of proper research so where is all this “low quality CPR” information coming from?  Also, why is the training deemed inadequate for pre-hospital professionals? Is it the practice tools? The method of instruction? Or, perhaps is it that standard training is often modelled after in hospital situations or lay person interaction. The prehospital setting of paramedics is a vastly different world then the environment controlled, resource ready hospital, and the foreign environments that medics find themselves in. How do you simulate that? Sure we have the high fidelity manikins and computer programed simulations but at the end of the day, real tissue and real situations are the best practice. Unfortunately, there is an ethical issue there. So, I think it is our job as instructors to use the best tools we have available to ensure that medics are ready with the skills and techniques to provide the best care possible.

Continuing education also plays a huge role is effective patient care. If we encourage an provide opportunity to practice then we will go a long way to ensuring high quality CPR.  If we didn’t have continued education then where would medics go to learn about and practice the most current recommended guidelines?   What suggestions do you have to improve our simulated teaching environment?

I love that they included student debriefings in this article. Whats the point of all the gadgets and rigamaroll if we don’t provide an opportunity to review and reflect.

Presentation reflections

I particularly liked that way people presented used the technology to augment their teaching styles, I know not everyone has taught before but you did great regardless. The idea of technology augmenting teaching is where I personally see the place of tech in the classroom. The technology should be part of the medium for delivery of information, the presentation and collaboration of ideas, but it should never be a substitute for learning.

A few years ago I was at a national law enforcement campus, which will remain nameless, and I had the opportunity to see this occur first hand. I was sitting in a class of new recruits and , a very new, instructor who had be tasked with delivering the topic was sitting at a desk at the front of the class reading from a power point verbatim. This went on for the better part of the morning, him reading and the class fighting to stay awake. There were no offerings of insight into the information, no conversations, no examples or real life experiences shared. The students would have gotten the same experience and amount of learning from sitting in their rooms and reading the PowerPoint themselves.  Sure they were being given the information but they weren’t being taught anything they could learn on their own.  This was a perfect example where the instructor was relying on the technology to do the teaching rather than using the technology as a tool to teach. This is nothing new, we can all remember the teacher who can to class with stacks of overhead projections that they would read aloud, the class fighting to stay awake. The technology may be changing but it can’t hide or make up for poor teaching skills. At the core you still need a good teacher to teach.

When I look at my own presentation I hope that I was able to have that blend of technology and teaching in a way that was fun. Short of pepper spraying all of you I don’t think I could have explained it any other way. But if you still need more knowledge we may be able to arrange an expose the next time we spray the cadets!!!




Ed 366 Reflection (nobody cried) Blog #7

I showed up with an open mind and a willingness to learn. I had heard mixed reviews from former CAE students who had previously taken Dave’s course, so I had no idea how things were going to unfold. When I arrived at the first class, I thought I was late. Everyone was working on their computers and giving each other a hard time. I was happy to hear the lighter tone in the classroom and I quickly got to work establishing a connection to Panthernet. The only thing I did to prepare for the course was opened a new Twitter account, but nothing further. I found it easy to follow along with the lesson and got off to a great start.

Digital networking was something that I had never heard of going into this course. I thought it was pretty cool when Dave asked the question to one of his professional buddies in Europe (I think) and got a response within minutes. It taught me how powerful twitter can be when looking for answers to complex questions. Community was also very interesting, I could totally relate to the example of moving to a different geographical location to join a new community. It takes time (and effort) to get to know new people, learn the way they talk and get a general feel for the people. It is important to give back to the community. I must admit that when I go onto a discussion form, I am usually looking for an answer to a problem that I have but never take time to answer questions of others. This is not a habit I am proud of and now that I understand it better, I hope to improve upon my give and take ratio.

I had no idea that security was so important to people. I think this was one of the most discussed topics in our class. I assumed that security was related to not giving out personal information like credit card or social insurance numbers. It turned out being a big deal to a lot of people in our class and I now have a better understanding of why online security is such large issue. As an instructor it was a valuable lesson that I was happy to learn with a group of my peers instead of learning the hard way with my students.

I learned that there are many smart people in the world and there is a good chance that one of them have developed a technological tool that could help me out with almost any problem that I may have. We talked about a ton of tools that I have never heard of before. Some were good and others, not so much. I liked how the focus was put on us (the class) to explore and figure out how to use the tools. Dave made a good point about how things are forever changing and it is more important to learn how to explore and problem solve than to record the steps necessary to do a particular task.

I thought taking notes in Google Doc’s was the coolest thing ever. Not only did I never have to search for a pen, my notes are conveniently stored electronically so that I will have them for future reference. Superfuntimes showed me how simple it is to organize my notes in one place and easily it could be shared with others. The collaborative feature of this tool is awesome.

I am going to do my best to keep the momentum going by incorporating technology into the block exam review that I will be doing with my current group of welding students. It is important for me to continue with the implementation of what I have learned in this course, otherwise I will forget about it in a few weeks time.

I really enjoyed the class and have greater confidence in my ability to search out and use new tools in my area of expertise. It was a Superfuntime and nobody cried.

Steph’s Slacker Blog

Haha, how fitting that this post be a day late. Organization has never been a strong suit of mine. I’ve literally re-done reference letters and other documents because my logic was, it was easier to re-do them instead of storing them and later having to find a workable copy.

I currently save everything to my desktop. This is not a great practice, and the IT guys tell me not to. (I do it anyway). Then when the course ends or a student graduates, I can delete the file and never have to look at it again. Out of sight out of mind. Maybe that’s a visual learner thing?!

I think part of my problem is, not understanding why my work has a T-drive and a G-drive and all that stuff. I’m certain there are lots more, but like I said I avoid them. And folders, ugh….that’s another layer of invisibility and frustration. Maybe I need a separate course just on that stuff.

I too am guilty of not naming anything. During this course, when we opened up our Google Docs, I near panicked at the quantity of documents in there, unlabeled. Some Sociology some Ed stuff. I think it’s great that Google just saves stuff automatically. But I’m learning that too can quickly pile up into a mess if you ignore it long enough.

So Dave is right about making time to organize. It may be painful for those of us who don’t naturally do that sort of thing.

But….”An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” –Quote from my Grandma

Last but not least- blog 7 by Rose..Well blog 8 really cause I misunderstood the first article…look how far I’ve come!

Well, here we are. I have created 8 blog posts, joined Twitter, explored a multitude of new technologies and tools, and made new friends…aww And all in one week!

I think it is safe to say that this was a valuable class for me. I was skeptical when I signed up, and quite frankly a little hesitant to be jumping in to the techy world. I was not sure what to expect and didn’t know where to start. Apparently, this class was the place to start. This course was a great mix of people and technology. It was a great place for me to feel comfortable trying out and exploring new tools for me to use both in the classroom and in my own life.

After leaving on day one I was a bit worried because I still had no idea what was expected of me and I hadn’t yet made sense of the large, many assignment outline. How am I going to do all this and do it well?  Enter Dave and awesome classmates. I quickly realized that the point is not necessarily to learn all the tools and learn them well. It’s about experimenting and playing with different tools I might not have otherwise been brave enough or cared enough to try. This was a challenge for me as I can get easily frustrated with myself when it comes to technology. One thing goes wrong and I panic and shut it down. But this class gave me the opportunity and space to stumble and try and get help along the way.   george-clap

I think the biggest thing I got out of this class is a new confidence and a new sense of comfort to go out on my own and play with technology more. I am thankful for this experience and look forward to using my new found techy awareness in the classroom and life. My students aren’t gonna know what hit’em!

Regarding the Grading Contracts…Brilliant

Regarding the grading contracts, I think it’s brilliant. Daves methods and use of the grading contract, I feel he does a well in depth, good organization and good detail. but seriously, ask yourselves right now if you already haven’t,  did the grading contract stick out in your mind and impress you at all?

Nathan D. Bubaker stated,

…..”it helped maximize their ( the students ) commitment to the course…”

I feel quite strongly about the use of the grading contracts in a positive way and also agree that it developes stronger communication faster, and a stronger mutual respect for one another. I’ve never came across it in any facility that I’ve worked in or attended, nor with any other teachers or instructors.

I feel also, that not everyone will have the same positive feedback, such as the few top graders of the course. The thing is, you can never please everyone all the time. Screw the few! They’re selfish and close minded anyhow.

I Also think that its fascinating, the idea of the grading contracts. An idea from the 70’s! And Dave, this is your second year trying the contract? Did I read that right? The way you presented it I figured it was of your own design and I look forward to trying the grading contract myself in my next course that I am to teach.

Learn from a Master

Up until recently I’ve had a pretty difficult time managing and organizing my time and my things. I’ve always made attempts, but I could never make them stick. I blamed ADHD but knew that it was not an excuse. I’ve just always known that I would need a dedicated mentor to guide me (and prayed that I would someday meet that someone). Fortunately for me, the right teacher finally did come along.

I’m talking about one of my co-workers. She is REALLY good at organizing things, like—the MASTER. Everything she touches has a label, a container, or a plastic sheet cover. Everything she owns has a place where it belongs and it goes back there as soon as she has finished using it. Because she is so consistent, her life has a predictable and practical rhythm. I decided this year that I would study her behaviour and try to mimic it.

I’ve always admired her grounded, methodical approach to tasks. She never panics, she just does the layout work for any project upfront so that she knows what needs to be done and then she manages her time accordingly. I notice that she breaks things up into logical, manageable chunks and tackles them one at a time. I’m not sure I’ve actually ever seen her looking overwhelmed—which is super attractive. Since feeling overwhelmed is a feeling I know I really can’t afford, her approach has definite appeal to me.

So, following her example I set a few manageable goals for myself this year. They were:

-Always put it back where it belongs after you’ve finished using it

-If you make something new, give it a label, container, binder, plastic sheet etc.

-Never accumulate a pile of more than 5 random sheets without sorting or scrapping it asap

-Before leaving my office for the day, make myself a sticky note of things that need my attention the next day (to do list)

-Always tidy up before locking up (office)

I’m super proud to say that I was successful in keeping my commitments to myself. It has been a bit of a long overdue personal victory for me. I can’t say enough about how gratifying and satisfying it is to do this. From an ADHD perspective, having this structure has freed up some much needed space in my busy brain. Oh yeah—and I committed to not filling that space with anything either. I value this space for reflection and contemplation. It allows me to be more focused and grounded.

I feel blessed to have been able to learn from her example and happy that I’ve been given this opportunity to reflect on my experience.

Slacking at its best

Before i get into the article, i really want to touch on the lessons learned from today’s presentations. I really enjoy when peers present and I get to be the student for a change, as its nice to take it all in and watch the different approaches to teaching. Today was probably one of the most beneficial days in the entire course for me.  I was really impressed with the feedback by Dave.

As this is my last CAE course, i have done lots of  micro teach, including Practicum, I have never really given any thought to the feedback until i observed what the presenters had received today.  I found the debriefs extremely important and took a lot of great information from them.  That whole copy and paste the error msg was a brilliant idea, along with add a finishing slide, along with the point of sitting in the room and listening for 2 mins prior to starting to record,  never would have thought of that. Also having the back up video ready to go, as i have experienced this first hand, due to a compatibility issue with a computer.

Now….on to the article. I am a scatter brain and use a lot of lists to help me try and stay organized.  If you have ever been to my office you would think it was a complete disaster, however, i am able to find anything i need in the pile of paperwork, as the stacks are some what sorted. I already  focus or put an emphasis the file name as that is how i save it.   I do agree that networks are extremely important, and over the past year i started a Facebook group for all Firearms instructors in Atlantic Canada. The page is place for Instructors to share posts, ideas, articles, and shooting drills. I mostly post on the page, and find it hard to get the guys to openly  participate, although some do like articles and add some comments. I never considered using twitter for professional networking, however, i will be exploring that in the next few days, as i do see the merits in it.

In closing…. i tried to leave you with a screen shot of my facebook group i mentioned above using the snipping tool, but it appears our computers are just too old… #fail.