Course Objectives: In collaboration with a faculty mentor:
1. Analyze the current literature related to classroom focused teaching-learning process;
I.1 & 6
2. Synthesize selected theoretical perspectives in the development of classroom teaching-learning strategies;
I. B; II. A & B& E
3. Apply major educational and nursing theories to the teaching-learning process in the classroom;
IV.3. & V.2.
I.A & B, I, J, K; III.E
4. Modify teaching-learning strategies based on critique of teaching-learning process in the classroom;
I.A; II.F; III.D; IV.E
5. Critique theoretically based strategies for the assessment of nursing students' progress in the classroom setting;
6. Evaluate and revise the student's beginning curriculum components, developed in NURS 5233, for impact on the teaching-learning process in the classroom.
III.6; IV. 5
1. Observation of Classroom Teaching (Appendix A)
2. Classroom Teaching (Appendix B)
3. Unit Modules & Teaching-Learning Strategies
4. Reflections / Discussion
Grades: The WSON policy does not permit rounding up of grades.
64 and below
Classroom Observation: There are sixty (60) required practicum hours in this course. The graduate student will observe in the classroom with a mentor nurse educator for 3 hours per week (minimum 36 hours/semester). Thirty (30) hours are observational and /or participatory in nature and six (6) hours the graduate student is to take responsibility for teaching (with direct supervision) in a classroom setting. The remaining twenty-four (24) hours is allowed for preparatory time directly related to the teaching practicum. Appendix A is to be completed for two (2) of the observation sessions. Each of the observations should be between 1-1 ½ hours. For two (2) sessions the graduate student will do a written assessment using the template and criteria found in Appendix A. The mentor’s permission must be obtained in advance, and the mentor must co-sign Appendix A after the student has it completed. The completed and signed critique is to be submitted to the course faculty. Faculty will assign a grade to the graduate student for Appendix A based on analysis provided in written assessment.
Classroom Teaching: The graduate student will work with a mentor nurse educator to prepare and teach six (6) contact hours in the classroom. It is suggested that this be divided into three to four segments (1 1/2 hours each). Different teaching strategies (as appropriate to content and audience) are to be used for each classroom segment. The mentor will formally evaluate the teaching-learning experience at least twice during the semester using Appendix B. The completed and signed critique is to be submitted to the course faculty.
Unit Modules & Teaching-Learning Strategies: The graduate student will critique and or apply a total of 10 teaching-learning strategies. 7 of the assignments are mandatory and the graduate student will choose at least 3 more activities. Students may combine activities if and when appropriate. For example, consider evaluation of a planned activity with the Critical Incident Questionnaire. Students are encouraged to try a variety of teaching strategies to experience all the benefits and challenges. Due to availability and differences in opportunities in a class room setting there needs to be some flexibility in dates for assignments. It is important to try and apply teaching strategies as close to the units the class is working on by anticipating and planning ahead.
Reflections / Discussion: Each unit has reflection questions posted that are an important part of analysis and synthesis of select theoretical perspectives in the development of classroom teaching-learning strategies. Grades for reflection questions will be assessed with a posted grading rubric at midterm and at the end of the course.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
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Verification of Student Work
“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.”
The faculty reserves the right to recommend, to the Graduate Programs Coordinator, Wilson School of Nursing Chair and College of Health Sciences & Human Services Dean, withdrawal of a student from the nursing program for health, legal, or academic reasons, particularly if patient care is jeopardized. In addition, the student must perform within the ANA standards of practice and code of ethics.
If student performance falls below acceptable standards of practice, then the student will NOT successfully complete the clinical component of the course. Certain of these standards directly relate to safety in patient care and professionalism in practice. If student performance falls below the standard in these two areas, then the possibility of successful completion of the clinical component of the course is unlikely. The faculty recognizes that the issues of patient safety and professional standards cannot be compromised; therefore, any student who does not meet these standards will immediately receive a failing clinical evaluation.
The MSN Programs do not condone cheating in any form and considers it as a serious offense. Cheating is defined by the faculty to include dishonesty on examinations and plagiarism. Plagiarism is further defined as "the act of using source materials of other persons (either published or unpublished) without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual's to whom credit is given." (MSU Student Handbook, Standards of Conduct, Item 10.) Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following: Bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc.
For further information regarding cheating and any subsequent actions to be taken, please refer to the policy statement in the MSU Student Handbook.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, and for educational purposes.
“As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”
As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.
Thus, we, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.
We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one’s own work, work or ideas which are not entirely one’s own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.
We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.
Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate