Learning to Learn eCourse (Draft)

Nurses must be learning continuously to maintain and enhance their professional nursing competence. With constant changes and advancements in technology and medical knowledge, a nurse’s competencies and skills become outdated over time. As a result, their nursing practice becomes less effective – putting safe and ethical client healthcare at risk.

This eCourse is designed to motivate and assist healthcare practitioners to embrace ongoing continuing education and professional development. The course consists of six modules that includes supplementary resources and a final exam. The first group of topics include: why continuous professional learning is important; how to assess your learning needs; and how to plan and evaluate your learning activities. The second set of topics is about digital learning – what it is, its many different aspects, and how to use it for professional development. The third group of topics cover such things as: how to improve your memory; how to study more effectively and efficiently; how to organize your learning activities; and how to better manage your time.

To access a course learning activity, simply click/tap on a Link below. Once you have completed an activity, return to this page to go to the next activity. We strongly recommend that the activities be done in the order shown; however, you are free to select your own learning paths.

Module 1: Introduction

1.1 Course introduction – Overview of the course purpose, content and format, and suggestions on how to get the most out from this course.(10 slides).

1.2 Navigation tutorial – A one minute tour of the video player and its controls.

1.3 Podcast – To listen to this audio-only version, use the player below; or you can download the podcast to listen to it off-line at your convenience (10 minutes).

1.4 Handout – A printable (pdf) version of the presentation slides and narration can be viewed and/or downloaded for off-line use.

Module 2: Continuing Competence

2.1 Continuing competence – A narrated multi-media presentation with notes (20 slides).

2.2 Podcast – To listen to this audio-only version, use the player below; or you can download the podcast to listen to it off-line at your convenience (20 minutes).

2.3 Handout – A printable (pdf) version of the presentation slides and narration can be viewed and/or downloaded for off-line use.

2.4 Knowledge checkup – A flash-card type of interactive exercise to assess, review and reinforce your knowledge of the content and concepts provided in this module.

2.5 Online quiz – A short quiz on the contents of this module (15 questions from 30).

Module 3: Digital Learning

3.1 Digital learning – A narrated multi-media presentation with notes (20 slides).

3.2 Podcast – To listen to this audio-only version, use the player below; or you can download the podcast to listen to it off-line at your convenience (10 minutes).

3.3 Handout – A printable (pdf) version of the presentation slides and narration can be viewed and/or downloaded for off-line use.

3.4 Knowledge checkup – A flash-card type of interactive exercise to assess, review and reinforce your knowledge of the content and concepts provided in this module.

3.5 Online quiz – A short quiz on the contents of this module (15 questions from 30).

Module 4: Effective Learning Strategies

4.1 Effective learning strategies – A narrated multi-media presentation with notes (25 slides).

4.2 Podcast – To listen to this audio-only version, use the player below; or you can download the podcast to listen to it off-line at your convenience (12 minutes).

4.3 Handout – A printable (pdf) version of the presentation slides and narration can be viewed and/or downloaded for off-line use.

4.4 Knowledge checkup – A flash-card type of interactive exercise to assess, review and reinforce your knowledge of the content and concepts provided in this module.

4.5 Online quiz – A short quiz on the contents of this module (15 questions from 35).

Module 5: Related Resources

5.1 My Learning Styles – We learn by seeing, hearing and doing. Most of us have a preferred mode of learning. Take this anonymous self-scoring test to identify your preferred learning style(s), what it means, and what you can do to maximize learning effectiveness using your preferred learning style(s).

5.2 My Time Management – Time is required for professional learning. Take this anonymous self-scoring test to identify your time management strengths and weaknesses on 4 dimensions – organization, discipline, communication and saying “No”. Tips are provided on how to improve your TM skills to make more time for professional development.

5.3 How to Learn Anything Faster – Five tips for increasing your learning speed by Practical Psychology. (YouTube video – 6:17).

5.4 The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study – The video by Thomas Frank explains research on how the brain works and the implications for more effective learning and study habits (YouTube – 7:46).

5.5 Feynman Technique – This video by Med School Insiders demonstrates how to use the Feynman technique to master difficult and complex concepts (YouTube – 5:45).

5.6 Super Human Productivity and Efficiency – Another video by Med School Insiders providing useful strategies on how to get organized and improve your personal and professional productivity (YouTube – 9:03).

5.7 Online Classes: Tips for Success – This video by the Penguin Prof examines research about what works, what doesn’t, and the advantages and challenges of online courses. Some excellent recommendations and tips are provided on getting the most from online courses for your professional development (YouTube – 10:48).

Module 6: Evaluation and References

6.1 Final Course Exam – A final exam on the contents of this course, including the videos (50 questions from 75 with Certificate). To obtain a Certificate, you must be connected to the Internet, and cookies must be enabled in your browser. Otherwise the exam results cannot be sent to the Certificate script.

6.2 References and Credits.

Technology Notes

Accessible on mobile devicesThe Final Exam and quizzes can be completed on regular browsers, computer tablets and smart phones.

The presentations, podcasts and knowledge checkups can be played on regular browsers, tablets and mobile phones. For best viewing on Apple's devices, download and install the FREE Articulate Player App from the iTunes Store. If you are using an Android device, download and install the FREE Android Player App from Google Play. With these apps, all components can be downloaded to your mobile device for off-line use.

To view and download the PDF/PRINT documents requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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