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					Community Health, Community Learning



               Educational technology and
          The Center for Excellence in
        Home Care Practice and Education


                      Sarah Castricum
       Instructional Design and eTeaching Services,
                       Boston College
  The Center for Excellence in
Home Care Practice and Education

            A Collaboration between
   The Visiting Nurse Association of Boston
   The William F. Connell School of Nursing
                at Boston College




            Adele Pike RN, EdD, Director
       Identified needs


• For both populations
  – Core materials (syllabi, Agency policies and
    procedures, mandatory professional materials)
  – Patient teaching materials
  – Virtual communication/consultation with faculty and
    home care nurse experts

• For Community Health Nursing Students,
  full texts and videos (for assignments)

• For VNA of Boston clinicians, resources
  for current evidence-based practices and
  teaching tools
Why a web-based technology?

  • Goal of the Center: to use technology to
    advance the care of patients recovering
    from acute illness or managing chronic
    illnesses in their homes

  • Student demand: Evaluations from
    Community Health Nursing Students
    requested more online assignments

  • Scalability: NU 261- Community Health
    Clinical Lab – has 8 sections using sites
    all over the greater Boston area
         Opportunities

• VNAB converted to an Electronic Medical
  Record in 2004-2005; all clinicians now have Lap
  Top Computers
• IDES Faculty Summer Workshop program
Envisioning the site: Content “Galleries”



            •   Core Content
            •   Reading Resources
            •   Video Resources
            •   Patient Teaching Tools
            •   Virtual Expert Consultation
Envisioning the site: technical requirements




         • Capacity to present a range of
           material (text, multi-media, flash
           modules)
         • Password protection
         • Managing large and varied
           populations
         • Asynchronous and live virtual
           communication
         • Assessment and tracking
Envisioning the site: user requirements




      • Intuitive interface
      • Familiar look and feel
      • Minimal file sizes for slow connections
Our solution: WebCT




• Met technical requirements
• Designed for ease of use
• Familiar environment for instructors
  and students
Our solution: custom modules




  • Engaging presentation
  • Convenient repeated access
  • Association of quizzing and tracking
Design principles: symbolism




• Custom
  photos
   – On location
   – Nurse
     models
• Color choice
• Center logo
Design principles: architecture




• Clear
  navigation
• Essential
  links are
  consistent
• Future growth
  anticipated
Project development issues



• Roster Creation and Maintenance
• Full text Articles
      Document Delivery funded by
  NLM
• Permissions/Licensing for full length
      videos
• Format for Videos (links to Real
  Player)
Viewing the site


  http://webct.bc.edu
     Using the Site


• At CSON
      NU 260- Community Health Theory
      NU 261 –Community Health Clinical
  Lab
      NU 407- Masters Entry Program

• At VNA of Boston
      Mandatory Competency Education
      Policy and Procedure Access
      Document Delivery
      Video Resources
Meeting the Goal: in the classroom and
               beyond


      • Allowed clinical faculty to share
        resources more easily and efficiently

      • Allowed more time for in class
        discussion in community health
        courses

      • Increased excitement about
        Community Health and Home Care
        among CSON students
Meeting the Goal: in the clinical setting


       • Increased satisfaction among VNA of
         Boston staff using e-learning

       • Increased awareness and growing
         use of evidence-based practices
         among both students and clinicians
             -fall prevention
             -medication management among
         elderly
             -management of shortness of breath
             -wound care
      Future Plans

• Updates to existing areas

• Further integration of the site into NU
  261

• Incorporating e-learning into VNA of
  Boston Orientation Program

• Patient Teaching Tools
   (created and/or identified by BCCSON
  students)

• Virtual Expert Consultation
   Factors for success




• Understanding of both constituencies
• Commitment of time and resources
Project Development Team
    Contact Information


          Sarah Castricum
       Instructional Designer


Instructional Design and eTeaching Services
           Boston College

            bestsa@bc.edu
             617-552-2878

				
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