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Whatcom Community College Lab Courses Online

  1. 1. Unlikely Online Programs: Solutions for Lab Sciences Michael Shepard Whatcom Community College E-Learning Coordinator
  2. 2. Allied Health at WCC <ul><li>Nursing RN program </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Therapist Assistant Program F2F and Hybrid </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Massage Practitioner </li></ul><ul><li>IBEST - Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training </li></ul>
  3. 3. Online Lab Courses at WCC <ul><li>Entire 9 quarter Physical Therapist Assistant Program </li></ul><ul><li>Anatomy and Physiology – prerequisite for PTA, Massage and Nursing Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacology – part of Nursing and Medical Assistant programs </li></ul>
  4. 4. PTA Program History <ul><li>F2F program started in 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Local and statewide workforce shortage for PTAs identified </li></ul><ul><li>2003 Business community approached WCC to create an online program </li></ul><ul><li>2006 Hybrid Program created, accredited and 17 students enrolled </li></ul><ul><li>Students from AK, ID, Eastern WA </li></ul>
  5. 5. Physical Therapy Assistant Hybrid Program <ul><li>Currently 29 enrolled in Hybrid program </li></ul><ul><li>F2F program runs concurrently </li></ul><ul><li>Meet 3-4 weekends per quarter @ WCC for hands on training, skills assessments and testing </li></ul><ul><li>9 Quarter program </li></ul><ul><li>Retention has gone up from 76% to 100% </li></ul><ul><li>100% job placement in PTA field </li></ul>
  6. 6. 2008 Governor’s Award for Workforce Best Practice
  7. 7. Program Challenges <ul><li>Lack of faculty support for online teaching and use of technology in classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy reliance on text based e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of multi-media resources especially for lab skills </li></ul>From a BlackBoard student discussion board: “ I was interested if ya’ll would like to draft a letter to the folks at the school who have the ability to authorize the creation of some additional sources/methods of online learning . . . Such modifications will appeal to different learning styles while providing an enhanced, more well- rounded learning experience for all.”
  8. 8. Student Centered Implementation <ul><ul><li>Primal Online Anatomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes U videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taping Lab skills videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impatica PowerPoint Compressor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Ning page for Clinical Internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anatomy and Physiology and Chemistry eTutoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher Permission to put video resources online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio narration/capture of classroom lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://screencast.com/t/DzgcPidT7 http://screencast.com/t/2YZC6TOpp </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Faculty and Student Centered Implementation <ul><li>Quality Matters training </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture capture by adding audio narrations to PowerPoints </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Resource and Training Center </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Showcase of technology use </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki Pages for campus and PTA clinical students </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly eLearning professional development opportunities </li></ul>
  10. 10. What’s Ahead <ul><li>Continue Filming Lab Skills Videos for all hybrid lab science classes </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Assistant classes online/hybrid 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid Chem 221 for Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Continue research for implementation of hybrid Registered Nursing Program for 2010-2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Enable increased lecture capture ability </li></ul><ul><li>Certify courses using QM rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Online office hours and guest speakers w/ Elluminate Live </li></ul>
  11. 11. Thank You <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/michaelshepard/nw-e-learning-conference-presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Shepard </li></ul><ul><li>eLearning Coordinator Whatcom CC </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>360.383.3275 </li></ul>

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