Constructive Alignment

This practical advice about the translation of theoretical perspectives of Constructive Alignment (CoAl) into real practice at course, programme & institutional levels from Maastricht University Institute for Education Innovation (EDLAB). Resource: Maastricht University Institute for Education Innovation (EDLAB): Constructive Alignment. “Constructive Alignment refers to an approach to instructional design by Biggs & Tang (2011) that integrates:…

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Operate Twice, Cut Once

This Tedx Talk shows how surgical teams are using a blend of Hollywood special effects and 3D printing to create amazingly lifelike reproductions of real patients, so they can practice risky surgeries ahead of time. Additional Resources Meet The Avatars:Virtual Reality & Virtual Reality 3D Virtual Learning Virtual Reality for Learning

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Changing Education Paradigms

Watch this fantastic RSA Animate taken from a speech given by Sir Ken Robinson around the whole education system and its intended purpose. More on Ken Robinson: Creativity Expert

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Pimping in Education

Journal Club Article: Kost, A., & Chen, F. M. (2015). Socrates was not a pimp: changing the paradigm of questioning in medical education. Academic Medicine, 90(1), 20-24. Socratic Method Is a dialogue between teacher and students, instigated by the continual probing questions of the teacher, in a concerted effort to explore the underlying beliefs that shape the…

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Competence in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing

Journal Club Article: Ääri, R. L., Tarja, S., & Helena, L. K. (2008). Competence in intensive and critical care nursing: a literature review. Intensive and critical care nursing, 24(2), 78-89.[abstract] Background Critical care environments are complex and challenging and with an ongoing shortage of critical care nurses, the need for graduating nurse students to have the knowledge…

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Nursing Workforce: The Future

Journal Club Article: Berlin, G., Lapointe, M. & Murphy, M. and Viscardi. M.(2021). Nursing in 2021: Retaining the healthcare workforce when we need it most. McKinsey & Company. Twenty Two Percent: That’s how many nurses indicated in a recent McKinsey survey that they may leave their current position providing direct patient care within the next year. Educating…

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Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA’s)

Journal Club Article: Bramley, A., Thomas, C. J., McKenna, L., & Itsiopoulos, C. (2021). Design, implementation and evaluation of novel work-based clinical assessment tool: An e-portfolio with embedded Entrustable Professional Activities. Nurse Education Today, 105101. [abstract] Keywords: Entrustable Professional Activities, Work-based assessment, Competency-based education. Background: “As EPAs clearly describe work that is done by a competent…

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Online Assessment, Integrity & e-cheating

Changes in higher education teaching and learning to online learning models, means assessment also has to be conducted differently. This special 4-part Integrity Matters series explores the prevalence and potential of artificial intelligence in the assessment security space. An essential component still requires human interaction in the loop with any assessment using security technology. Tackling…

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Understanding Clinical Research

Experimental or observational, case-control and cohort study, analytical and descriptive, randomised and non-randomised, outcome-exposure or exposure-outcome, risk of bias. Understanding how to read a research paper or start a research project is challenging and an important skill in nursing. Have a read of this article to help understand clinical research: Grimes, D. A., & Schulz,…

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Model’s of Praxis

This post started with an approach to look at praxis as part of change management but praxis appears to be much more than a single theory. Praxis or Process “Praxis (from Ancient Greek) is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. Praxis may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising,…

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