We have only a few days between spring and summer semesters to set up summer Carmen courses, so it’s important to be as efficient as possible during course setup. These tips might help.
- Page History: Your Carmen course pages might have beautiful pictures and text formatting that can be ruined with just a single swipe of a misplaced cursor. If you save changes on a Carmen page that you later regret, there is a solution! Access Page History at the three-vertical-dots menu on the right side of the page (see 1 in the image below). You can go back to a previous version of the page where you last saved changes you actually want. For more detailed instructions, see the Canvas documentation.
- Auto-open File Viewer: Sometimes, you want a file that is attached to a page in Carmen to open automatically for students so they view it in the Carmen page rather than needing to download it and open it as an attachment. Enable the “Auto-Open for Inline Preview” option to make this happen. See the Canvas documentation on this feature.
- I often hear requests for image sources where instructors can find “free” pictures to use in their courses. Keeping in mind that many pictures on the internet can be copied at no cost, images should always be cited just like written resources are. If you aren’t sure whether you should use an image or not, please contact your CON-IT team or your copyright librarian for more information. You can find images that are designated for reuse by others at the following sites:
OSU Photography – scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Browse signature photo gallery”; mainly OSU-themed and higher-education-themed pictures
OSU Digital Storytelling – suggests sites that enable searches for content labeled for reuse
Unsplash – beautiful images on general topics (very few medical pictures)
Pixabay – another site with general image topics
Many thanks to Sarah Rusnak in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences for sharing these resources and collaborating on these important Carmen tips!
The CON IT team is equipping all Newton Hall classrooms to be compatible with Apple devices (iPads, iPhones, Macbooks) so you can wirelessly project from your devices to the projector and screens in the classrooms. Currently, rooms 264 and 172 are ready to go with this new capability. Our plan is to equip all of our classrooms with Apple AirPlay this summer. For a step-by-step guide on how to connect your Apple device to the CON classroom equipment, follow the instructions on the wall near the classroom podium or refer to our one-page guide, Using the Apple TV.
An important update to a National Academies Press resource on teaching and learning is now available online as a downloadable PDF book. The book incorporates research from the past two decades to expand on the original report from 2000. How People Learn II includes chapters that summarize theories related to learning and knowledge, theories related to motivation to learn, and use of digital technology for learning. These summaries can be very helpful when we are designing learning interventions and collecting evidence of their effectiveness in the process of educating nurses. The new (and free) edition of this book can make underpinning your learning design with theory and evaluating the outcomes a little easier.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2018). How people learn II: Learners, contexts, and cultures. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24783
- Engaging your students in Socratic questioning
- Playing devil’s advocate to promote critical thinking
- Managing online discussions in large classes
- Scaffolding to promote critical thinking
- Creating effective online discussion objectives
- Supporting collaborative work
Carolynn Thomas Jones and her colleagues presented a webinar on Kaizen, a gamification platform for teaching and learning. Kaizen has been used in academic programs in public health and nursing, including our own MACPR courses, to teach students about clinical research quality management and Good Clinical Practices (GCPs). Presenters for this session shared their experience with Kaizen and their development process for a game-manager user manual (their “field guide” to Kaizen). If you’ve been considering integration of an element of gamification in your course, this platform might be the tool you need!
View the webinar recording to find out more.
Dear College of Nursing faculty and staff members,
Good afternoon. I’m writing to let you know that I will be out of the office/library, February 4th – April 12th to focus time and effort on my research endeavors. If you or your students have questions for a librarian, please refer to the Ask-A-Librarian webpage from the Educational Services section of the Health Sciences Library homepage. This webpage provides information about how to contact the library or a librarian, via phone, email or by completing the Ask-A-Librarian contact form.
If you would like to request an instruction session about library resources, services or literature searching as a workshop or for a class that you are teaching, please use the Instruction Request Form
By completing requests using these forms, your email will be forwarded to the appropriate librarian or library staff member for response.
Other resources that you and your students may find helpful during this time include:
This guide is intended for students, faculty, staff, and clinicians across the health sciences who would like to learn more about Evidence-Based Practice. After viewing this guide, if you have questions please contact the HSL Librarians using the Email Me link on the left-hand side of the screen.
This guide is intended for Nursing students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians and provides background information about evidence-based practice and recommends appropriate databases and sources.
This guide is intended to provide guidance and resources for researchers, clinicians, faculty, and students across the health sciences interested in conducting a systematic review, including a page and quiz to help you determine how to choose the right type of review for your project or class assignment.
This guide is intended for faculty and staff to provide guidance in documenting and analyzing the impact of scholarly work.
If you would like to see the full list of HSL LibGuides, you can do so by clicking Subject Guides in the Top Resources list on the HSL homepage or use the following link: HSL LibGuides
For nursing educators who like their students awake and engaged in class, the challenge of finding activities that are both relevant and exhilarating remains a tough nut to crack. Some teachers in the College of Nursing and elsewhere have incorporated games into their classrooms to add competition, motivate students to stay engaged with material, and help students remember a lesson long after it ends. Enter Kahoot!, an online interactive quiz platform that allows the classroom to turn its energy toward the age-old goal of winning a game.
Gamification has gained popularity in recent years as a tool for engaging people in tasks that might otherwise be un-stimulating to the point of boredom (think exercise apps, shoppers rewards programs, and even investing apps that create a prize system to keep users interested.) Several examples of gamification in the nursing education world already exist, such as this study which used Kahoot! to help drive pharmacology lessons home for nursing students.
Kahoot! allows instructors to ask questions with a countdown timer and lets students play against each other, alone or in teams. You can add a song or video clip to questions as well. Learn more about Kahoot! on their website, and watch videos that highlight the capabilities of this platform.
Wondering where you can get started using Kahoot! in your classroom? Check out this blog post on using Kahoot! in the college setting. Next, watch this video on how to get started. Have you used Kahoot! in your nursing classroom or in other professional development? Please comment below with your experiences!
Addendum (by Joni Tornwall)
Since this article was posted, some frequently asked questions from faculty have come to light:
How do I sign up for a Kahoot account?
The College of Nursing does not currently have a paid account with Kahoot. Sign up for a free account at kahoot.com.
How do I use Kahoot?
The video Lara references above (1:35) is a good visual demonstration that will help you get started in Kahoot.
How do I launch my first Kahoot quiz in my classroom?
Ask your students to open a browser and go to kahoot.it on their laptop, tablet, or phone. Then, ask them to enter the Game PIN, which you will see on your Kahoot interface after you launch your game at kahoot.com.
Can I use Kahoot to take attendance?
You can see how many students have joined your game, but they may enter a name that is not their own. If you need to know specifically who is attending your class on any given day, contact the CON IT department to learn about other applications that can easily do this electronically for you, like Top Hat.
- Bryant, S. G., Correll, J. M., & Clarke, B. M. (2018). Fun With Pharmacology: Winning Students Over With Kahoot! Game-Based Learning. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(5), 320–320. https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20180420-15
- Kahoot! (n.d.-a). How to create a kahoot – video tutorial. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiB3gmSTPog
- Kahoot! (n.d.-b). Kahoot! | Learning Games | Make Learning Awesome! Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://kahoot.com/
- Kerrigan, J. (2017, May 24). How to make the most out of Kahoot! in college. Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://kahoot.com/blog/2017/05/24/make-kahoot-college/
- Ross, P. (2016, October 1). Gamification In Nurse Education. Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://nursingeducationnetwork.net/2016/10/01/gamification-in-nurse-education/
If you’ve ever had trouble creating or joining a Skype for Business meeting, or if your meeting attendees have ever had trouble joining, this 20-minute walk-through by Rourick David of the CON IT department is a must-view Flash Friday recording. Learn how to create a Skype for Business meeting in Outlook and send invitations to your participants, no matter whether you are using Mac or Windows, or the Outlook application on your computer or browser-based Outlook web app. View the process of joining a meeting to better understand the meeting participant’s experience, especially the “lobby” people sometimes find themselves stuck in. Find out how you can decide whether Skype for Business or Zoom is the better option for your meeting.
View the Flash Friday recording.