Trends in Adult Education: Implications Post #2
As a new instructor, I am constantly thriving to improve so that my students receive the best learning opportunities available. The learning trends discussed with my blog partner have the potential to improve the educational environment I work in. Game based learning may have many useful tools in my future teaching experiences. Virtual reality and simulation mannequins could be two resources I may use to improve the education provided to my nursing students. Providing game based learning using virtual reality would be an asset to the nursing students as they would be able to participate in relevant pressure packed situations without the consequences of real life mistakes. Observing my students and the decision making made in a risk-free environment would assist me with meeting their learning needs. As the students work repetitively at the game they can practice an actively learn how complete tasks correctly with my guidance and feedback. To prepare for this type of learning I would need to be educated on the use of the simulation mannequin and any virtual reality components we would choose to implement. Having a good grasp on how these systems work would give me the benefit of being able to offer a stimulating and relevant learning environment.
Providing massive open online learning would be beneficial for nursing students to complete prerequisite courses prior to entry to the practical nursing program. This method of education is being discussed right now with our faculty to offer an anatomy and physiology course that is necessary to begin the program. This online learning would give our program flexibility with our start dates as waiting for this course to be completed has been a roadblock when determining program initiation. Also, it could provide students opportunities to upgrade or review courses that would benefit their learning within the program that may not be offered. For example, the theory of intravenous catheter insertion is offered in the practical nursing program but learning the actual skill is additional education. Offering this skill education as an open online learning opportunity would cement the students’ knowledge with a much-needed skill in the workplace. To prepare for this trend I would need to understand how to access these educational opportunities for my students and gain knowledge on how to assess the students learning in a practical setting.