Student journals as instructor-learner interaction

Rather than using the quiz functionality, I implemented journals using the blackboard learn journal functionality. I am loving it. Students are writing 2-4 paragraphs about the class. They are doing much deeper reflections, connecting the content to their lives outside the classroom. But even more important, they are using the journals to have a 1:1 dialog with me. Students are asking me questions that sometimes go well beyond the scope of the class – such that it already feels like a real connection. I feel like I’ll get to know my students better – but they will also get to know me better. Continue Reading

Oppression of the disease and its treatment

In looking at health literacy from a socio-cultural and critical perspective, one of the themes I’m looking at is oppression. I had originally thought that I’d be looking at my experience and how the healthcare system (e.g. providers, insurance companies) Continue Reading

We need to talk about ethics and social media: a conversation

It is nice seeing the article online (I don’t have a print version yet). But even nicer was the memory of time spent with Marie writing the chapter. The time we spent working out the format, and figuring out how it would all come together. We spent a lot of team reading the seconds out loud to each other. We also had to work through regional language quirks. Continue Reading