Welcome Denise! Glad to have you in the course. I see there are quite a few participants that work in the healthcare area - there is definitely an application to online synchronous learning & teaching to your field. Hope you saw a bit of the community building possibilities at today's online session as well. Looking forward to the next three weeks!
Congratulations on your lightening fast pivot in March - we were able to close off and grade out, so didn't have the pressure you had. Looking forward to hearing more about what did and didn't work, if possible :)
Way to go on the extremely quick turn around to teaching online. That is so impressive!
I also work in healthcare and am a nurse at BC Children's and Women's. I oversee our simulation program, and we have had a lot of conversations about what education is "essential" and must be done face-to-face versus what can be shifted to virtual.
I am very interested to know how you are approaching this at Douglas College and what, if any, learning for hands on/psychomotor skills will be done in person.
Thank you for your comments. At DC we are still unsure if we will be allowed to have in person skills lab for our students. There are virtual sim programs that we are being encouraged to use. We are also looking at having students come in just for some skills such as chest tube care and trach care so they can put their hands on the equipment. We were told that if we do have in person skills lab, there would be a specific process needed such as access to the sim lab, number of people at a time, where on campus the students can go, etc. The worry is with students attending clinical they are at higher risk of bringing something into the school population.