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Live Professional Development

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Since I am a novice to online education, I wanted my focus of this assignment to be centered around gaining as much information as possible. I attended live chats and webinars that encompass different aspects to education technology and teaching online, including online development, assessment to online student safety and being good digital citizens.
Twitter Chats 10/9/17 - #flipclass discussion on Student-centered classroom. I found value in the conversation but it was all very foreign to me. I had trouble keeping up. I have used the flipped classroom model in the past and have found that students engage in the content way more. I think that a fully online course offers an opportunity for the student to feel like they are in charge of their education and that creates ownership. 10/11/17 - #iolchat – Microcredentials in Higher Ed This Tweetchat provided insight into micro-credentialing and what purpose collecting badges for specific content areas. I found the discussion to be interactive (…

Self Assessment of Content Curation

I have gained a whole new perspective on curation of content. I feel that this will be a valuable tool for me to use when keeping students up to date on what is happening in medicine.

I have performed a self assessment of the content curation page that I created. I used Scoop-it to curate content for Emerging Technologies in Healthcare. This will provide students an updated view of the new tech that is happening and coming.


Content Curation Criteria

Content curation is complicated! As a digital infant, I continue to learn more and more. In fact, I may start considering myself a digital toddler after this project.

I realized quickly that when it comes to content curation, there are key players and key tools that are leading the pack. Steve Rosenbaum, for example, contributes much to the discipline.

This activity was to understand what content curation is and how to recognize and utilize effective curations. Coming up with criteria to recognize effective curation was easy for the first 10 criterium but then it really made me think about what is important to providing content in a meaningful way.

Provided is a checklist of 15 questions/statements that will hopefully provide a thorough content curation.

Tips for a Positive Digital Footprint

I'm just going to say it, my digital footprint is important to me. In casual conversation you will hear me say, "I don't care what people think of me". This is definitely true but why would I knowingly give people a reason to doubt my integrity or morals. I think that having a positive and secure digital footprint can be a valuable representation of who you are. I really try to keep my digital footprint as professional as possible.

To provide myself and others a guide to creating or keeping a positive digital footprint, I have created a presentation in Google Slides. This presentation outlines 10 tips that I feel are important in keeping your online identity secure and representative of a professional.

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Your Professional Digital Footprint

The digital footprint is one of the most stressed points that I make to my students, as they prepare to enter a professional field. As they are introducing themselves into the surgical field, I find it important to impress upon them, they are a “walking resume” from day one.
People often say, “it’s a small world” and they don’t realize how true that really is. I tell my students that the medical community is small but the surgical community is even smaller. I impress that everything that they do, say or put on Facebook, is another line written in their resume. If they work hard, conduct themselves with integrity and have pride in their profession, their resume will shine. However, if they berate someone on Facebook or Twitter and show pictures of themselves that others could view as negative, then they are limiting their possibilities.
I searched my own digital footprint and found that things were pretty benign. I have tried to brand myself as a professional and represent my profession …

On the "Cutting Edge" of Tweeting

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When I started on Twitter it was just because it was new and everyone else was doing it. It quickly became too time consuming to keep up with all of the new social media platforms. Between life, school and work, I did not put much stock in the usefulness of the social media craze.
The idea of using, not just Twitter but other social media platforms, to engage in quality professional development, adds a new justification to the effectiveness and appeal of Twitter and the others.
Over the past week, I have added multiple surgical hashtags to my TweetDeck and have found them to be very useful. Since I am actively engaged in my profession of surgical technology and surgical technology education, I have found much use in following these Tweets.
One of the first things that I found was links to many medical and surgical videos. These can be very helpful for professionals, students and educators. There is one in particular that I follow and that is @MedicalVids.
I have also found that these h…