Graphic Facilitation

5443118269_0b1e456238_oSeveral years ago my department hired a graphic facilitator for a series of team meetings. I was struck by how her techniques helped to keep everyone on track with brainstorming and teamwork. The constant images were interesting and engaging. Everyone seemed eager to participate and to see what would come up next. Last year I started experimenting with this technique using coloured pens on the large white boards in my classroom. The students loved it! I’m no artist but the images really can be quite simple. Since it is all new to me I roughly sketch in advance what images I will use to go along with the information I am sharing or to organize students’ collaborative work. Once you have seen the amazing graphic facilitation adapted from this talk by Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms you’ll have an idea of how effective the strategy can be.

Check out this link to Learning Graphic Facilitation, it’s a really fun way to teach and to engage your students.  


Who owns the data?


8595765522_384f31b0b7_zWireless medicine is showing amazing potential. As the interviewed physician reports in this piece, he prescribes more apps now than medications. The possibilities for distant assessments, diagnoses, and prescribing is especially salient for Canadians in rural areas without regular access to physicians and/or specialists. One thing to consider along with the wonderful advances of health care in the digital age is… who owns the information acquired through the technologies? To learn more, watch Hugo Campos’ TEDx talk where he discusses his implantable cardiac defibrillator which continually collects information about his body, yet he has no access to it. The information ‘belongs’ to the company who made the device.

Social Media Use in Nursing Education

1175879764_d26b43bd86_zIn 2013 the Globe and Mail reported that almost 70% of Anglophone Canadians are regular social media users (Oliveira, 2013). Considering this significant usage it has become critical for businesses, politicians, educators, and users to assess how best to utilize this new mode of communication. In a 2012 article in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing the authors explore the benefits, barriers  and practicalities of integrating social media within nursing education.  They discuss social media tools as pedagogy, review  specific studies in the literature, and offer practical suggestions and examples of use within courses and programs. One indicated resource of use to Canadian nursing instructors is a toolkit recently released by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario to “help educators to embed informatics content within undergraduate education” (as cited in Schmitt, Sims-Giddens, and Booth, 2012, para 3). (This resource is now posted as a link under Nurse Education)