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1 Student Guide to Success at the UTMB School of Nursing UTMB School of Nursing Trish Richard, RN, PhD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program and Education Technology

2 Overview Welcome to UTMB School of Nursing Welcome to UTMB School of Nursing Undergraduate, Masters & Doctoral Programs and Courses Undergraduate, Masters & Doctoral Programs and Courses Helpful Hints and Tips for Success Helpful Hints and Tips for Success

3 SON Programs BSN Traditional BSN Traditional BSN Accelerated BACC2 BSN Accelerated BACC2 RN-BSN Track Baccalaureate Program RN-BSN Track Baccalaureate Program Clinical Nurse Leader Clinical Nurse Leader Family Nurse Practitioner & Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner & Post Masters Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program & Post Masters Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program & Post Masters Neonatal Nurse Practitioner & Post Masters Neonatal Nurse Practitioner & Post Masters Executive Nursing Leadership Executive Nursing Leadership Nurse Educator with Clinical Concentration Nurse Educator with Clinical Concentration Doctor of Nursing Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing PhD Program Nursing PhD Program

4 Student Centered Learning SON focuses on student centered rather than instructor/teacher centered learning. SON focuses on student centered rather than instructor/teacher centered learning. You are responsible for your learning You are responsible for your learning The instructor: The instructor: essential guide essential guide professional resource professional resource will assist you as you move through the content will assist you as you move through the content

5 Digital/Virtual Resources Adobe Connect Presenter Adobe Connect Presenter Voice Thread Voice Thread Voice over Powerpoint Voice over Powerpoint Microsoft Lync Microsoft Lync Virual meetings/tutoring, audio & video, etc. Virual meetings/tutoring, audio & video, etc. Tegrity Tegrity Classroom lecture capture, replay from Blackboard Classroom lecture capture, replay from Blackboard Smarthinking Smarthinking Online tutoring, writing lab, etc. Online tutoring, writing lab, etc. Turn-It-In Turn-It-In Plagiarism detection resource Plagiarism detection resource

6 Characteristics of a Successful School of Nursing Learner Successful learners at the SON are: Successful learners at the SON are: highly motivated highly motivated independent independent active learners active learners self-starters and self-directed self-starters and self-directed Possess good organizational and time management skills Possess good organizational and time management skills Make school the priority for the duration of the program Make school the priority for the duration of the program

7 Characteristics of a Successful School of Nursing Learner Have discipline to study without external reminders Have discipline to study without external reminders Can adapt to new learning environments Can adapt to new learning environments Have an ability to prioritize Have an ability to prioritize Have good stress management skills Have good stress management skills Competent regarding computer skills (word processing, , etc.) Competent regarding computer skills (word processing, , etc.)

8 Planning to Study Set times with your family and others so you can work on your courses Set times with your family and others so you can work on your courses Divide up chores with other family members to free up time for study Divide up chores with other family members to free up time for study Organize your schedule to include planned study time Organize your schedule to include planned study time Try to capitalize on your high energy times of day Try to capitalize on your high energy times of day Plan family activities each week to give them the attention they deserve Plan family activities each week to give them the attention they deserve

9 Develop a Study Plan Look over the course requirements and assignments Look over the course requirements and assignments Look at how you can minimize your commitments Look at how you can minimize your commitments Decide on a study schedule for each week... and then stick to it Decide on a study schedule for each week... and then stick to it Reading assignments Reading assignments Reviewing presentations Reviewing presentations Working on projects Working on projects

10 Develop a Study Plan Develop a regular schedule for: Develop a regular schedule for: completing assignments completing assignments attending or logging into the class attending or logging into the class participating in group assignments participating in group assignments

11 Environment Create a Study Environment Create a Study Environment Find a quiet, convenient workspace Find a quiet, convenient workspace Inform your family of your goals and your study schedule, and ask that you not be disturbed while studying Inform your family of your goals and your study schedule, and ask that you not be disturbed while studying Try to avoid interruptions and distractions while you're "in class" or doing homework Try to avoid interruptions and distractions while you're "in class" or doing homework Reward yourself periodically for completing study tasks Reward yourself periodically for completing study tasks

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14 Hints & Tips Take advantage of the course orientation at the beginning of the semester. Take advantage of the course orientation at the beginning of the semester. Classroom: Classroom: Course review content Course review content Clarify expectations Clarify expectations Online: Online: Digital & virtual resources Digital & virtual resources Provides course content review Provides course content review Post messages to discussion board for clarification as needed Post messages to discussion board for clarification as needed

15 Hints & Tips On-line activities On-line activities Provide flexibility Provide flexibility Provide additional resources Provide additional resources Be committed: willing and able to commit 3 hours per credit hour a week per course. Be committed: willing and able to commit 3 hours per credit hour a week per course. Prioritize: you will need to make some life choices. Prioritize: you will need to make some life choices. Take the program and yourself seriously Take the program and yourself seriously

16 Hints & Tips Plan in advance - avoid last minute assignments Plan in advance - avoid last minute assignments Plan in advance for exams Plan in advance for exams For off campus online exams: setup proctor and make arrangements in advance. For off campus online exams: setup proctor and make arrangements in advance. Plan to take the first exam when technical support is available (Monday-Thursday, 8:00-6:00) Plan to take the first exam when technical support is available (Monday-Thursday, 8:00-6:00)

17 Communication Clear and concise online or communication is a challenge Clear and concise online or communication is a challenge Adhere to online/ netiquette recommendations Adhere to online/ netiquette recommendations

18 NO SHOUTING!!!!!

19 NO FLAMING!!!

20 Communication Questions: Questions: Post to Post to Discussion Board: Discussion Board: course related issues course related issues discussion that would benefit classmates discussion that would benefit classmates Private or phone call: Private or phone call: questions of a personal nature questions of a personal nature Do Not Post: Do Not Post: Information on social networking sites Information on social networking sites

21 Study Partners Some tasks are best done alone, however… Some tasks are best done alone, however… Partners can: Partners can: generate additional ideas generate additional ideas suggest improvements suggest improvements share the work share the work explain things from a different perspective for better understanding explain things from a different perspective for better understanding help to keep you motivated and on track help to keep you motivated and on track Take advantage of the ability to connect with other students. Take advantage of the ability to connect with other students. Be a good team member! Be a good team member!

22 Apply What You're Learning Look for ways to relate and apply the knowledge you are gaining Look for ways to relate and apply the knowledge you are gaining helps you put the theory into practice helps you put the theory into practice helps you understand how it relates to the real world helps you understand how it relates to the real world Develop your clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills Develop your clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills

23 Apply What You're Learning Use clinical time to: Use clinical time to: become comfortable in the setting become comfortable in the setting develop communication skills with other professionals and patients develop communication skills with other professionals and patients develop your decision making skills by assimilating data and discussing with nurses and faculty develop your decision making skills by assimilating data and discussing with nurses and faculty Share experiences with your classmates and instructor Share experiences with your classmates and instructor You all can learn from each other! You all can learn from each other!

24 Speak Up! Take responsibility: Take responsibility: to ask questions to ask questions get clarifications get clarifications to let the instructor know when something isn't working for you to let the instructor know when something isn't working for you Technology should be a tool not a frustration Technology should be a tool not a frustration

25 Advice from other learners Log on to your course every day (5-6 times a week minimum). Log on to your course every day (5-6 times a week minimum). Stay up with the class and complete assignments on time. Stay up with the class and complete assignments on time. Form a "buddy system" or small groups to support each other. Form a "buddy system" or small groups to support each other. Take full advantage of online conferencing. Take full advantage of online conferencing. Be able to communicate through writing. Be able to communicate through writing.

26 Experiencing technical difficulty? ASK FOR HELP! ASK FOR HELP! Contact information is provided: Contact information is provided: in the syllabus of each course in the syllabus of each course Dont wait until you get frustrated to ask for assistance. Dont wait until you get frustrated to ask for assistance. username and password issues – call helpdesk at , or username and password issues – call helpdesk at , or other technical issues – use the technical support Discussion Board or course secretary other technical issues – use the technical support Discussion Board or course secretary

27 Technical Support Test your computer system and Internet access prior to the first week of the semester. Test your computer system and Internet access prior to the first week of the semester. SON technical support available during normal working hours (Monday through Friday, 8-6) SON technical support available during normal working hours (Monday through Friday, 8-6) Helpdesk available 24/7 Helpdesk available 24/7 Local: (409) , Local: (409) , (281) (281) Toll free: Toll free:

28 UTMB School of Nursing Student Resources UTMB School of Nursing: UTMB School of Nursing: UTMB Website: UTMB Website: UTMB Intranet: UTMB Intranet: Blackboard: https://eclass.utmb.edu/ Blackboard: https://eclass.utmb.edu/https://eclass.utmb.edu/ eCamp: eCamp: ecamp.cshtml ecamp.cshtml Information Services: Information Services: Username and password issues – Username and password issues – helpdesk call or helpdesk call or or or

29 Good Luck! And Enjoy the Journey!


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