Side Note: Hello – I originally posted this and a second blog post before today, however I ran into some major snags when I attempted to add new posts to a different menu item, on a wordpress site I originally created for a ECI class last spring. I have opted to completely redo this blog and my second one on another wordpress site I originally created for work. Here’s hoping these blogs run smoother!
My name is Lori, and I am excited to begin a new learning journey with EC&I 834. This is my second educational technology course and my sixth course overall toward a Masters of Adult Education Degree. I have been a Registered Nurse for the past 20 years, and have been teaching for the last 10 years in the Practical Nursing Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. I have taught in many formats, including classroom lecture, online and blended courses. I love discovering new technology that will help me to engage students and enhance their learning.
My first goal for learning in this class is to achieve an improved understanding of various learning technologies that will directly enhance my instructional skills, such as the ‘brightspace’ program. I have used the, ‘brightspace’ format to teach an online class and am currently utilizing it to moderate on-campus classes, however I have never created a program from scratch with it, so I am looking forward to improving my skills.
My second goal for learning is to maximize interaction with my fellow students through reading and responding on blog pages so I may increase my learning from others. Now that I have some experience with both blog type pages and the twitter platform, I feel much more confident than the last ed-tech course to navigate through and use both. My twitter profile is @Loreli111.
My third goal involves maintaining adequate time management to allow myself plenty of time to meet course due dates. I find it occasionally challenging to work full time and take a university course at the same time. However, I find if I put aside enough time and stay organized for work/school, I don’t feel too overwhelmed. Work-Life balance is so important!
Technology is continually advancing in our everyday lives and especially in ways that impact healthcare and education. Recently, two colleagues and I developed an online, interactive ‘dressing change program’ that will assist nursing students to practice their skills for completing a dressing change. Currently, it is being converted to virtual reality so we are truly excited!