This may be a stupid question but if you are an NRP instructor are you also qualified to be an NRP provider as you used to be? If so how do you get your NRP card? If not do you then need to find a place to do your integrated skills station?
A new Student Status tab on the Instructor Led Events platform gives instructors the ability to see where a student on their roster is in the NRP Curriculum. Instructors will be able to see if students have completed Part 1 and if they still need to complete the Part 2 Evaluation. Once a student has completed the entire curriculum, an instructor will be able to view the student's eCard, and print or email it as well. HealthStream appreciates all of the input from instructors that led to this new enhancement!
As an instructor I feel ill prepared to teach the 7th edition NRP due to not being able to access the NRP simulation cases or able to take the exam, I do not renew until 2018 and it is my understanding that I can take the exam and e sim now but then would have to pay for it in 2018 as my renewal date does not change. I feel as an instructor we should be able to access these so that we are properly prepared for questions from our students.
E-Learning courses don’t have to use a one-size-fits-all approach every time. One way to add some personalization to a course is by capturing the learner’s name, then referring to it later. It helps give a more personalized, friendly tone to the course. After all, who doesn’t like to be catered to?
We can use variables to capture simple user data that a learner provides, and then adapt the course content along the way. Variables can help us develop a single course that can adapt to the various learner groups by showing or hiding content specific to certain types of learners, without having to create multiple versions of the course.
Using a Text variable to display the user's name
In this week’s example, we use a simple TextEntry variable on the first screen to capture the user’s name when they type it in. Once we’ve captured their name, we can display it anywhere else within the course. We also set a custom variable, named location, to track which location the user selects on the second screen.
User selects location which updates a location variable
On the third screen we can show content that is specific to the user name and location.
One popular method for making E-Learning courses more engaging for our learners is to include video content. An example of this is in quizzes where we can include a brief video clip in the quiz question, asking the learner to watch the video before answering the question. This is a great way to make even simple multiple-choice quiz questions more engaging and more work-context oriented.
But did you know that you can make the video itself interactive? In the case of a quiz question, it’s possible to build the quiz questions into the video itself. (Actually the question may be layered above the video, but the effect is the same.) With an E-Learning development tool you can add triggers that pause the video at certain spots where you want the learner to do click on something, answer a question, or review additional information on the screen, then use layers to add a content overlay over the video. The content can be images, text, even animations!
This idea of interactive video follows one of the emerging trends in online learning where videos are becoming interactive, allowing the learner to select options, answer questions, even choose responses for the character on screen to follow. Imagine the implications for Healthcare training. You could show a video of a clinician completing a particular procedure with a piece of equipment, then pause the video at certain places to provide popup information to the learner about the process, or ask the learner to answer a question.
In the example screenshot shown above, the video on stroke education is paused in three specific places to ask the learner to answer a brief review question. You can click the link below to view the video example.
When you were a kid, did you ever get to play in a sandbox? Or maybe you spent time on the beach, building sandcastles, digging holes, or making whatever you wanted, getting your hands in the sand, mixing in the water, and going where your creativity would take you. Playing in a sandbox is a great way to help us explore new and creative ideas. And that’s what the E-Learning Sandbox Blog is all about.
The E-Learning Sandbox is a place to present and discuss ways to enhance online course design and development to make online learning more engaging for our learners. While many of the course authoring topics and questions in the HealthStream community focus on helping users find answers to questions or troubleshoot technical issues, we want to expand the conversation.
In the Sandbox we want to present ideas with regard to the DESIGN-side of course authoring - instructional design, graphic design, and learning experience design. We also want to explore ways to incorporate newer learning technologies, to stretch beyond just PowerPoint bullets, text, pictures, and Next buttons. While having accurate content is clearly important, we also want our courses to be engaging for our learners, to capture their interest, and ultimately to help them learn more, retain more, and perform better in their jobs.
We hope that the E-Learning Sandbox Blog will help to inspire you to expand your toolset with regard to designing online learning experiences for your learners, and we welcome your participation. You can participate through sharing your comments, questions, and ideas; submitting your own blog postings and examples; and promoting the blog within the HealthStream community. We hope you’ll come back and join us in the Sandbox!