Category Archives: Education

Improving health & wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with bipolar disorder

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Robert Gordon University
Research Seminar

Dr Lee Boag

Improving health & wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with bipolar disorder

The seminar is now available to view by clicking this link: https://rgu.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6d8ada65-be4d-4539-a998-62dbe769d191

If you would like to provide feedback on the presentation you are welcome to do so via Dr Audrey Stephen (a.i.stephen@rgu.ac.uk).

 

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Research Seminars

The research team are running a series of Research Seminars, which is currently showcasing the Phd research of our most recently qualified doctors. The seminars aim to highlight research carried out by school staff and our external colleagues, with a focus on health and social care.

The winter – spring session kicked off in mid-December with Dr Steve Smith presenting his PhD study in a talk entitled ‘Solution Focus: What is it good for?’ He eloquently led the audience through his study of the use of solution focused brief therapy by nurses, and enthused with his thoughts on being immersed in the research process.  The resulting discussion with the audience could have gone on all night.  Readers may view Steve’s presentation by clicking this link:
http://mediastream.rgu.ac.uk/flash/45536111_hi.mp4 (60 sec download time)


The seminar series continues in February with Dr Heather Bain presenting her work on the unique knowing of district nurses : https://nursingmidwiferyrgu.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/research-seminar-series-the-development-of-unique-knowing-in-district-nursing-practice/.

Heather’s session will also be available to view in this blog by the end of February. But, if you would like to come along to this session in person then all you need to do is contact Heather Nicolson h.nicolson@rgu.ac.uk.

The seminars run between 4-5pm and are usually on a Monday or Tuesday. Come along for tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits beforehand and be prepared to have your enthusiasm for research lit or rekindled.

 

Digitising the Ongoing Achievement Record (Scotland)

The school has been busy over the winter months with two large e-Learning projects, one of which has been digitising the paper based placement documentation (OAR Scotland).  The OAR is a nationally agreed document and as it has been validated by the Nursing And Midwifery Council, the content cannot be changed. The Electronic Clinical Assessment Tool project lead was Senior Lecturer e-Learning and Innovation Dr Fiona Work with the digitisation work led by e-Learning Adviser Gavin Innes, working closely with Senior Lecturer Practice Learning Alison Brown and the wider Practice Education team.

In late 2015, the school purchased a system called Myprogress from MyKnowledgeMap®, a UK based company developing e-portfolio and online assessment tools.  Myprogress differs from its competitors having an off-line facility using a mobile app.

The challenge was how to learn how to use this new system quickly and create something that would be used by hundreds of students and mentors (i.e. getting it right!).

OAR-screenshot

Student view of the online system

The OAR has around 300 pages of information and forms with many of these transferred quite easily into online web pages and forms.  The most fundamental issue we came across was how do we develop a secure system for mentors that the identities of which we do not yet know?  Our solution was to deploy all the online forms to the students, just as we did with the paper copy.  Therefore, like the paper copy, the mentor would sign the forms.  However, this time they would be signing the documentation electronically using their e-mail address, which in turn sends them a secure password – one of the features that was not present on the paper OAR.

The continued expansion of the system and on-going task of administration is in the process of being handed over to Clare Smith, a Senior Clerical Assistant, who has risen to the challenge and embraced the new system.   The first small cohort of students are currently out on practice now. So we eagerly await their feedback to see what they and their mentors think of our new creation.

More information: www.rgu.ac.uk/myprogress

Coming soon: Electronic Ongoing Achievement Record (eOAR)

In 2016 the school is planning to launch an online version of the Scottish OAR based on a product called Myprogress from My Knowledge Map.  This new system will replace the paper based placement documentation currently in use.  Find out more and see a preview on our web page.

www.rgu.ac.uk/myprogress

A team of health and information science academics at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have launched a new website which will act as a central access point to nursing doctoral and masters’ theses and dissertations from across the globe.

With support from RGU’s Library Service and a team of international collaborators, staff from RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, have designed and launched the International Network for Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Nursing (INETDIN).

Dr Colin Macduff, Head of Research and Scholarly Activity at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “This new network provides a much needed forum for exchange of information amongst nursing practitioners from around the world.

“During the past five years our international research with colleagues in Duquesne University, USA and Curtin University, Australia has found that there are thousands of nursing theses and dissertations available online but very few people know how to access them.

“Our new RGU-based website draws together best information and evidence in such a way that it will be a key resource for nurse scholars worldwide.”

Dr Susan Copeland, Information Resources Manager in RGU’s Library Service, added: “RGU is a leading voice in the open access to electronic theses and dissertations movement, and this project is a great example of joint working within RGU and across international boundaries.”

The network will be officially launched in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and with presentations over the next four months at international conferences in Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and New Delhi.

http://www.inetdin.net/

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e-Learning Strategy

In 2015, the School of Nursing and Midwifery adopted a new e-Learning strategy which included the adoption of the 3E Framework (Smyth 2011). The 3E Framework based on an Enhance-Extend-Empower continuum was developed, with “illustrative simple-but-effective examples that might be incorporated as a minimum (Enhance), through to uses of technology that give students more responsibility for key aspects of their learning (Extend), and to underpin more sophisticated, authentic activities that reflect the professional environments for which they are preparing (Empower)” (Smyth 2011 p1).

The three broad stages within the 3 E framework continuum are:

  • Enhance: Adopting technology in simple and effective ways to actively support students and increase their activity and self-responsibility.
  • Extend: Further use of technology that facilitates key aspects of student’s individual and collaborative learning and assessment through increasing their choice and control.
  • Empower: Developed use of technology that requires higher order individual and collaborative learning that reflect how knowledge is created and used in professional environments. (Smyth 2011)

Throughout the pre-registration curriculum, in creating the blended learning modules, academic staff will be considering the 3E Framework, and what it generally indicates about the kinds of changes to learning, teaching and assessment practice that can be effectively supported through technology.

In a recent visit, author Keith Smyth gave the school an overview of the framework.  The video is available below.

SMYTH et al., 2011. Benchmark for the use of technology in modules:3E framework designed and developed by Keith Smyth. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier University.

Fiona Work, Senior Lecturer
Gavin Innes e-Learning Adviser
Errol Luders e-Learning Adviser