Eighteen School of Nursing faculty participated in a four-week online class, Distance Teaching and Learning, taught by Kathie Lasater, Ed.D, RN and Thomas Boudrot, Ed.D in November and December. Designed for faculty who teach online, the course employed a practical, hands-on approach to demonstrate both synchronous and asynchronous tools and techniques for effective online teaching and learning. Drs. Lasater and Boudrot modeled teaching techniques while highlighting related educational theory and best practices using both Sakai and Adobe Connect. New technologies were piloted in the class including Camtasia Relay, a lecture capture system, and Big Blue Button, a web conferencing system integrated with Sakai and designed for student collaboration. Participants participated in a variety of discussion forums and received feedback on a required project based on the Quality MattersTM online course rubric.
Comparing online learning experiences with in-class counterparts, one participant shared, “In my experience, classroom discussions are so much more off the cuff and personal opinion oriented. Online students are more easily incentivized (and graded) to communicate perspectives supported by research and professional opinion. This chance to think before you speak promotes deeper learning. I certainly have found that as faculty I learn far more from my online students than I did in classroom discussions.”
The screenshot below shows the distance students from both Portland and Ashland along with their in-class counterparts attending in the School of Nursing’s multimedia classroom on December 11th.
Thomas Boudrot, Director, OHSU Teaching and Learning Center