Tableau, one type of visualization software, can be used as a tool for teaching informatics and how to convey meaning behind data. It can also be used to share research and quality improvement project results. Dr. Lyn Hardy presented an overview of data visualization use in research presentations and funding proposals at the CON on June 18, 2019. She also described how Tableau is being used to educate OSU doctoral students in data use for patient care and leadership. Lyn concluded the session with a brief overview of Tableau and how it is used within the context of a pain data set. View a recording of Lyn’s workshop, and contact her if you would like to know more about data visualization with Tableau. Her workshop slides are also available.
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.
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.
Join CON faculty member Carolynn Thomas Jones and her colleagues from University of Alabama at Birmingham to learn about 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 where students learn about clinical research quality management. If you’ve been considering integrating an element of gamification in your course, find out if this platform might be just what you need.
A Gamification Platform for Academic Education, Training & Patient Education
November 13, 2018; OSU CCTS, 240 Prior Hall
10:00 Welcome, Introductions (Carolynn Jones, Becky Jackson)
10:15 James H. Willig, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor,
UAB Division of Infectious Diseases
- What is KAIZEN? The Story, The Applications, Future Plans
11:00 David Redden, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Biostatistics
UAB School of Public Health
- R2T Kaizen; Academic applications (Biostatistics)
11:45 Penny Jester, MPH, RN, Instructor OSU CON/MACPR; Clinical Research Educator/Consultant
Carolynn Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, Associate Professor, OSU College of Nursing/MACPR
- Kaizen at UAB College of Nursing- Academic Courses and Patient Education
- Kaizen at OSU: Quality Kaizen – MACPR Quality Course: NUR7482
- In the Works: GCP Kaizen
12:15 Q&A Discussions, Demonstrations
An invitation from MACPR faculty member, Carolynn Thomas Jones:
On Tuesday, November 13 (10-1pm ET), members of the CCTS at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are going to join faculty from the CON MACPR program to present the use of gamification for academic learning, training, and patient education. The game platform was developed by James Willig, MD at UAB for the purpose of educating interns and residents in the UAB internal medicine program via a gamification platform he has named Kaizen. It was a huge success with intensive engagement and a marked increase in board scores. Since that time, this gamification platform has been used for multiple academic programs in public health and nursing academic education, to train rigor, responsibility and transparency to translational scientists. It has also been used in nursing for patient education. Carolynn Jones and Penny Jester have used it in one of the MACPR Courses addressing clinical research quality management and are currently working on a Kaizen game for GCP training under a UAB CCTS supplement award. If you are interested in learning about this platform and toying with the idea of gamification in your courses or nursing applications, please RSVP by email to Terri Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting at the OSU CCTS- Room 240 Prior.
Brace yourself for the latest in email scams: “Your password is ____”
Scammers are getting exceptionally clever lately and have started sending out very scary and convincing emails. These emails usually put a user’s actual password in the subject line to make it more credible, claim that they’ve hacked the recipient’s computer, and threaten to release very personal information to friends and family via social media if the scammer isn’t paid a large amount of money. While this is a very convincing trick, it’s still only a trick.
Here’s how they do it:
When websites get hacked, attackers often make off with a database of usernames, email addresses, and “hashed” (encrypted) passwords. While the passwords aren’t immediately useful, the hashes are usually posted to the internet where they can be reverse engineered and decrypted. If you were one of the affected users, anyone in the world can get a copy of your email and the password you used for that site.
Here’s a couple tips you can use to protect yourself:
- Check https://haveibeenpwned.com. Enter your email address(es) into the field to see if any of your addresses have ever been affected by a breach. If so, you should assume that the password you used for that site is compromised and you should change it on any and all sites that share that password.
- Use unique passwords for each website. If you use a password manager likechttps://www.lastpass.com/ or https://1password.com/, you can generate unique, secure passwords for every service you use and never have to remember them. If a site you use ever gets breached, attackers will only have your password for that site, instead of every site you use.
- Change your passwords often, especially if you are informed that a service you use has been breached.