Using Instructional Technology and Innovation to Facilitate Online Learning
AffiliationUniversity of Southern Indiana
TitleUsing Instructional Technology and Innovation to Facilitate Online Learning
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With the pivot to remote learning in Spring of 2020, many faculty scrambled to adapt courses with a hands-on learning component to an online format. Within the health professions disciplines, many courses present unique challenges when there is no access to equipment for practical skills demonstration and acquisition. Compounding this issue, many accreditation organizations for the various health professions require skills demonstration with an instructor for competent practice. This poster presentation will provide a reflection on how one program created an effective learning environment with remote learning for an imaging procedures course. Discussion will include the various instructional technology formats such as VoiceThread, synchronous Zoom, and student-created videos that were utilized for demonstration of hands-on skills that could not be presented and evaluated in the traditional on-campus laboratory setting. The purpose of these exercises was to encourage students to think critically about the individual steps involved in the simulation with the goal of incorporating the process into the student’s professional skill set. Additionally, innovative ideas for creating simulation equipment and laboratory space using items readily available within a home environment will be outlined. Conclusions will include reflections of lessons learned by faculty and general acceptance of the teaching strategies implemented. Presenters will offer suggestions for additional course applications and future integration into other course offerings. Considerations of the unique environments posed by both didactic and laboratory courses and strategies to promote student engagement within courses which have transitioned to an online format will also be included. By presenting this approach to learning utilized for an imaging procedures course, learners should be able to take away new ideas of the various forms of technology that can be integrated for courses requiring physical skill demonstrations. In addition to the guided discussion of the poster, the presenters intend to encourage feedback from the session attendees by inquiring about the obstacles faced by other faculty members during the transition to virtual learning and the types of instructional technologies they utilized to overcome these challenges. Learners will gain information about adaptations to consider for transitioning from a traditional course to an online course and potential obstacles that may be encountered with suggested avenues for success.