Virtual Reality

I am really interested in exploring virtual reality in my practice. The question is – where do we start? Awareness is one place to start. As with any innovation the place to start should be with the purpose of the video.

If it makes sense to make a 360VR video some equipment is needed. VR takes some skills but I know some people in the Hub that can help with that. As with many innovative practices developing relationships with people who have complimentary skills is a good idea. It can be difficult to self-teach all the skills needed to do everything that will support the learning of students. I like a collaborative approach.

Micro-learning, accessibility, and guidance are important for learners.

UDL in a Blended Course

It can be difficult to shift a core course to a UDL model in a large course. This session looked at how to remove barriers to learning while increasing engagement. I liked that they used a team approach to course redesign. I think that is a big key to the success of any course redesign. Balancing inclusivity and academic integrity in a flexible way while managing faculty workload was a challenge. A lot of thought was put into trying to reduce confusion by making things as simple as possible. I love that idea.

I have also noticed that clarity is everything when it comes to being innovative. Students need to know what you are doing and why in a way they can understand – especially if what you are doing is not the norm. Consistency in how information is ordered is something I have found helpful as well.

Automated messages were used to track student absences in lab that triggered automatic notification of students who were at risk.

They shared that developing a course of this caliber takes a lot of time, critical thought an energy. I would love to do this but would need the allocated time.

Course Design

I walked into this session and heard something about “giving learners control” and I knew I was in the right place. I like the idea of these cards, which are available online for free! I hope that my Hub can look more into how to use these as part of a course design workshop with discipline specific groups. I love that they are able to be remixed.


Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit


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