Create a Constructivist Online Learning Environment

Constructivist Learning Environments In a constructivist learning environment, the educator needs to allow the learner to develop and learn, ideally allowing progression suited to the individual. The content will have to be incorporated into lesson plans and intended learning outcomes to scaffold learning. Integrating varied theoretical approaches to assist and encourage learning is key. The facilitator will…

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Digital Badges

Learning now happens everywhere, so how can we recognise this learning? One option is to receive digital badges for completion of learning tasks. Earn for online skills, completing modules or engaging in a community. Digital Badges Think back to your childhood, you may have been a scout or guide and been awarded a badge for attaining…

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Nano & Micro Future of Health & Education

Recent online posts on nanotechnologies and terminologies caught my attention and even though they were from different specialty areas, the themes were all related, in particular looking into the future of work and education. As they were both healthcare and education they aligned perfectly in my areas of interest. Nanoeducation The terms Nanodegree, Microdegree and Micocredential in the…

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Piaget:Constructivism & Cognitivist Perspective

Constructivism & Cognitivist Perspective Considered one of the most prominent and prolific constructivists, Jean Piaget developed the theory of cognitive development around the premise that thoughts, memory, past experience, problem solving and processing information all influence the learner (Doolittle and Hicks, 2012).  Piaget’s four stages of cognitive development changed the education paradigm from a traditional…

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The Networked Student

The networked learner model provides students with a way to create a personal learning environment where meaningful learning occurs with knowledge construction. “Knowledge based on experiences and social interactions”(Drexler, 2010). Principles of networked learning are around connectivism and constructivism. Social learning theory is also part of this approach as an array of resources are sourced…

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Gamification In Nurse Education

Educational Need for Gamification? “a motivated learner can’t be stopped” (Prensky, 2003, pg. 1). “Unfortunately, in this day and age much of the content that needs to be learned by students is not directly motivating to them and the word ‘boring’, or one of its politically correct synonyms such as ‘dry’ and ‘technical’ often crosses their…

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The Normalization of Deviance in Healthcare Delivery

Journal Club Review Article:  Banja, J. (2010). The normalization of deviance in healthcare delivery. Business Horizons, 53(2), 139.            Background “The failure of health professionals to comply with standards, rules, or regulations is a fundamental cause of such breaches.” When violations of practice standards are intentional, this can become the norm within a group of professionals or…

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Eportfolios in nursing

Portfolio approach: Eportfolios Knowles (1975) assumptions of adult learners being self-directed, self-motivated, readiness to learn and having rich past experience are the basis for the framework of portfolio development and a reflective approach to learning. Joyce (2005) emphasises the development opportunities of a portfolio as the student takes charge of their learning. In nursing, a…

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Social Media: Where are the nurse leaders?

“Unfortunately, many nurse leaders, with years of experience in this multifaceted profession, have yet to join the conversation on social media. Therefore, the conversation is often led by novices in the field, simply because leaders are absent” (Carroll & Bruno, 2016). As social media continues to change the face of healthcare, the necessity to understand…

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Flipped Classroom

A reversal of the traditional lecture then do homework approach. ‘Flipping’ allows a change in the teaching approach and levels of engagement.  In the flipped classroom the reading is completed before attending an interactive session (instead of a potentially passive lecture). The pre-reading covers the content that was previously delivered in the lecture format. This…

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