Carteret Community College Title III Grant

VSRT/NCSRT Student – Educator Conference – Spring 2009

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Submitted by Elaine Fuge

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March 31, 2009

Lecture:  1    Students in Crisis

This lecture dealt with stressors that cause indirect and/or direct effects.  Indirect effects are:  1. changing in eating habits; 2. Begin or increase smoking; 3. Change in interpersonal relationships.  Direct effects manifest themselves as changes in the body’s endocrine and immune systems.

If we want our students to stay in school and be successful we must, as educators, do the following:

  1. Recognize early warning signs such as changes n eating habits, increases number of missed days and interactions with classmates and faculty.
  2. Decrease the number of daily hassles students encounter at school; (clinical site issues such as documentation).
  3. Offer approach-approach conflict resolutions.
  4. Offer time to just listen to them.
  5. Allow each student maximum personal control.
  6. Help each student establish a sense of identity and connection within the program.

To help students improve test performance, have them:

  1. Think of something happy before they take a test.  (Positive Psychology)
  2. Give them candy before a test (chocolate)
  3. Remove stressors (noise, visual distractions, etc.)

Lecture 2   How to Teach Students To Be Good Leaders

This lecture concentrated on the various leadership roles within a Radiology Department.  As Community College Faculty we are providing students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in their jobs, as well as, providing area employers with a competent workforce who has leadership potential.  In order to evaluate if we have met these goals, outcome assessment must occur.  This assessment involves the collection, organization, and evaluation of data obtained from enrolled students, graduates, and employers.  The data provides specific programs and the college valuable information on their ability to provide a quality education and produce competent, future leaders.

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Lecture 3   Considerations, Criteria, and Decisions:  A Discussion on Admission into Radiologic Science Programs.

Admission into college programs today involves a very specific process.  A well-defined process is necessary in order to have a fair and equitable system in place.  Any college or program can be challenged by a student on the fairness of its admission process.  Therefore, in order for programs and colleges to stay “out of court”, the following should be considered:

  1. Have an outside person review the admission process.
  2. Have one designated person collect all the data to complete candidates’ files.
  3. The Program Director (CAC) should receive all completed files.
  4. Specific criteria should be used as predictors of success:  such as:
    1. Overall GPA
    2. Prerequisite GPA (prerequisite courses for acceptance into specific program)
    3. Clinical Observation
    4. Math and Science course grades
    5. Make sure all published information is accurate and the same.
    6. Have SER Representative conduct information sessions on Allied Health Requirements.
    7. Adhere to deadlines.  If you do not you open yourself up for legal issues.
    8. Have an admission committee.  The committee members should include:  Program Director, all program faculty, support faculty(A+P, chemistry or physics instructor), SER member (counselor)
    9. Interview questions should be on a rubric.
    10. One committee member should be designated to respond to all phone calls from those candidates who want to know why they were not accepted and what they can do to improve their chances

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    This was a very informative lecture.  I already incorporate many of the ideas the speaker suggested.  I did gain additional information and will be implementing the critical thinking and writing tools discussed.

    Lecture 4  Multimedia Use in the Classroom

    This lecture dealt with the numerous modalities used in learning environments.  Teaching and instructional materials are multilayered.  They include photographs, drawings, visual language, and interaction.

    In order to reach our students we have to teach in their world – The Multimedia Arena. We need to present material using technology that is interactive. Students want to be entertained as well as challenged as they learn.  They need to have visual, audio, and physical stimulation at one time.  Software that is available that will offer our students this type of learning environment is Second Life. It is a 3-D Virtual World.  We can no longer rely on the traditional methods of instruction that worked for many of us when we were students.  It is a whole new “instructional world” and we must stay current if we are going to be effect educators.

    We also need to look into other types of course management systems such as Sloodle and Moodle.  These are free systems that can be used instead of our current Blackboard. They do have some limitations, but the operative term here is FREE.

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