NAEMSE Symposium in Nashville Part 4

08/08/15

Luckily today was not nearly as overwhelming as yesterday, but I still learned quite a bit!

Today’s schedule (as seen in Blog Post 1) looks like this:

10:30am – 11:30am Breakout Session 4: 2015 NREMT Update

11:30am – 2:15pm EKU Exhibit Table

2:30pm – 3:30pm Breakout Session 5: Problem Based Learning: From Lecturer to Facilitator

I ended up not going to the first breakout session for the day, and I spent that time writing the blog post for yesterday and reviewing the materials from yesterday (and looking up the different acronyms I didn’t know!).

During the Exhibit Table times, we talked more with the individuals who came by our table. Some were looking to be adjunct faculty! What we really noticed is that there is definitely a need for an online Master’s program. Hopefully, we will have one in a few years! David (faculty member) and I also discussed more ways we could make our exhibit table more interactive. There was also an exhibit that caught our eye! The Anatomage Table is basically a big horizontal Windows-based computer, strictly for anatomy. It shows all structures, can slice, move, etc. I know our faculty are looking into this technology!

Breakout Session 5: Problem Based Learning: From Lecturer to Facilitator

Things I learned:

1)     What is Problem Based Learning (PBL)?

a.       “It is an instructional (and curricular) learner-centered approach that empowers learners to conduct research, integrate theory and practice, and apply knowledge and skills to develop a viable solution to a defined problem.” Savory, JR (2006)

2)     Objectives of PBL:

a.       Educators will learn how to work with cases throughout the spectrum of initial education

b.      Educators will understand the benefits of facilitating education

c.       Educators will develop a problem based series to their classrooms

3)     As a facilitator, you cannot ask “Why?” too much. This encourages deeper thinking and understanding on the students’ part (discovery).

a.       When thinking about this further, in our education system we start using PBL in Kindergarten!

4)     The current EMS education standards were created to allow educators the flexibility to incorporate PBL.

5)     Components of PBL:

a.       Student centered

b.      Inductive

c.       Builds on previous knowledge

d.      Context specific

e.       Problem must be ambiguous

f.        It must create cognitive conflict

g.       Must be collaborative as well as independent

6)     Remember, the facilitator is more of a tutor to students in PBL… Let the students do the discovery and become invested in their learning rather than depending on the instructor for guidance

7)     Sometimes you have to let the student fail a situation and learn from it.

8)     Case studies, project based learning, and inquiry based learning are similar and can work with PBL.

From the end of the last session, I followed up with some questions to the speaker, and then gathered with some EKU EMC faculty. We then had about an hour to do our own thing. I went back up to my hotel room, changed and freshened up, and organized my notes and materials from the day. We (EKU EMC faculty, EKU friends, and myself) met in the lobby and walked to the Tequila Cowboy for the coin social (see coin pictured) for some food and networking. Walking along Broadway was definitely amazing and a site to see!

All in all, it was a great Saturday!

~Brenna

Published on August 11, 2015