Next week my ILP goes live with student testers. I am nervous to see how the implementation of a social media technology will shine or flop. I spent a lot of time learning about the different aspects of technology implementation within classes.
My ultimate goal is to create more engaged and excited students. I want them to find the passion in the profession. I want to give them some freedom to explore on their own and pick up new insight and ideas.
A tall order I know! However, as my profession evolves we need self-motivated passionate professionals. This is my way of seeing what could work to accomplish that.
So far the RTScholar website has the following functionalities:
- Personal Learning Network (PLN): Facebook-style social media platform with similar functionality. Intention to teach students how to use social media to build a personal learning network for their career.
- “The PLN consists of relationships between individuals where the goal is the enhancement of mutual learning. The currency of the PLN is learning in the form of feedback, insights, documentation, new contacts, or new business opportunities. It is based on reciprocity and a level of trust that each party is actively seeking value-added information for the other” (Digenti, 1999, p. 53).
- “Social media promotes self-directed learning, which prepares students to search for answers and make decisions independently. When reinforced in a classroom setting, these social media skills can be guided and refined to produce better learning outcomes and critical awareness” (Ashford University, 2016, para. 3).
- Student Question/Answer Feature: To engage students in asking and answering each other’s questions. Rewards students who frequently help classmates and encourages discussion.
- Blog Feature: Can be used for personal expression, or even melded into a newsletter we can publish on the website and to our community partners. Publishing student content would not be done without student knowledge and permission.
- Tutoring/Video LMS: Fully functional LMS for students to view video lectures, notes, and discuss lectures. File, quiz, and assignment functionality also available. Ideas for use include:
- Tutoring on subjects students might need review.
- Capturing our best instructors lectures. Every instructor has their strength and if faculty moves on we lose that. We could capture faculty best subjects and store them in an archive to always serve students.
- Flipping classrooms. “A flipped classroom is one where students are introduced to content at home, and practice working through it at school” (TeachThought Staff, 2016, para. 2).
- Clinical Simulations: To attain their certification after graduation students must pass the clinical simulation exam. Our program pass rates are above the national average but it has been one of our goals to further improve this. Not only can faculty program in clinical simulation style questions for students to take, but students will also be able to upload their project clinical simulations (after reviewing from faculty before publishing). Students on the website can practice these questions whenever they would like.
- GDPR Compliance: GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation. The European Union created a legal framework to protect the personal information of those using the internet. It went into effect May 25, 2018, and many international businesses had to become compliant. While we do not have any international students, this feature gives students full control of their data. This is a nice feature that I feel every website should have.
- Help Section: Video help section to ensure any student can easily use the website’s basic features.
I also submitted my ILP to the best practices committee today. I created a special page with a video tour and functionality listing. I am eager and nervous to hear their opinions. Wish me and my students luck!