Instructional Design Center
Spring 2018

Welcome to this semester’s edition of Teaching with Technology, a newsletter from the Instructional Design Center. Here you will find the latest technology-related news and resources at Ramapo College. Each newsletter also features a profile on a faculty member or program using technology in innovative ways. This edition features the Nursing Program.


Faculty Development Day is February 21!

The Instructional Design Center and Faculty Resource Center have teamed up to bring you a wide range of fascinating and practical workshops. Please participate in one or more of the workshops below. For workshop descriptions visit our Web site.

1-2 p.m.

  • OPTION A:  Preparing Your Course for the New Gen-Ed, ASB-321
  • OPTION B: Technology and Student Engagement: 5 Ways to Boost Your Course, ASB-323

2-3 p.m.

  • OPTION A: A Crash Course on Student Engagement: Practical Tools to Use in the Classroom, ASB-321
  • OPTION B: The Future of Technology and Its Impact on Higher Education, ASB-323

3-4 p.m.

  • OPTION A: Just Add Community Engagement and Stir: Adaptable Assignments across the Disciplines, ASB-321
  • OPTION B: New Tech Resources, ASB-323

Program Profile: Nursing Goes High-Tech

For nearly two decades, the Nursing Program at Ramapo College has been developing high-tech strategies to prepare students to become the best nurses in the field. The Nursing Program was the first on campus to begin teaching online in 1999. “We were responding to the needs of our students and the demands of the field,” says Kathy Burke, Assistant Dean of Nursing Programs.

Those early days of online learning paved the way for a comprehensive online and hybrid approach that has influenced the nursing profession around the world. Ramapo has established a partnership with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Ghana. Nursing students and faculty travel to Africa for three weeks to explore the global issues of public health. Technology helps the Ramapo and KNUST partners communicate and plan during the year. Ramapo Nursing faculty also teach some of the courses in Africa via virtual platforms.

The most impressive technological advances in Nursing are evident in the Adler Nursing building, which contains a state-of-the-art simulation lab called Ramapo Hospital. This sim lab is run by Joan Richards, Simulation Director; Debi Nickles, Simulation Coordinator; Kathleen Farina and clinical instructors. The three simulation bays look exactly like hospital rooms. Each has a simulation high fidelity mannequin (referred to as “patients”) in high-tech interactive rooms that include hospital beds, computers, and other standard hospital equipment. Simulations are integrated every semester; they get more complex as students move through the Nursing program, culminating with a Senior Capstone simulation.

The simulation instructors work from the control room, sending simulated medical events via computer. The control room is hidden behind a one-way glass mirror across from the hospital room. The control room contains live video and audio feed of the hospital room, as well as the simulation computer/software. The patient’s vital statistics beep and display live on a screen. In one simulation the patient had been shot in the chest and had just been transferred to the unit. As Joan Richards initiated medical events on the computer, such as trouble breathing, the students responded in their hospital room. They asked the patient questions, listened with their stethoscope, gave breathing treatments, and took vitals. The students entered data into the patient’s chart, administered medication, called the doctor, and more.

Once the hour-long simulation is finished, the students enter the debriefing room and with the instructors reflect on the simulation to analyze the simulation. The debrief closes the loop on the learning experience for everyone. Joan says there is a level of buy-in required by students when first exposed to the simulation lab, but once they cross that threshold they want more. Ramapo’s Nursing students are gaining valuable hands-on experience, learning to think under stress, reflect on real-life experiences in the hospital, and become better equipped to respond to the challenges they will experience every day as nurses. The simulation lab, and all the technology embraced by the Nursing program, gives Ramapo students a unique level of experiential learning that will undoubtedly enhance their careers in nursing.


Sharing Tips for G Suite: Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drive

Sharing of documents and folders makes collaborating easy. However, you want to be sure you set your share permissions properly. By default, all documents and folders are private. Click the blue Share button to share with any faculty, staff or students at Ramapo. You cannot share documents or folders outside of the ramapo.edu domain. After you click the share button, you have the following options:

To share only with specific individuals:

  1. Enter the name or email address of specific individuals whom you wish to share
  2. Click the pencil icon next to each individual’s name to set their level of access. Choices include “can edit,” “can comment”  or “can view”
  3. See advanced Share settings below for further important permissions

Get Shareable Link — To share with anyone at Ramapo College:

Use this feature cautiously, so as not to share beyond your intended audience.

  1. Click “Get Shareable Link” to copy the link and turn link sharing on
  2. Select from the following drop down options to set the level of access:
    • Anyone at Ramapo College with the link can view
    • Anyone at Ramapo College with the link can comment
    • Anyone at Ramapo College with the link can edit
    • Off – only specific people can access (choose this if you accidentally selected “get shareable link”)
  • See advanced Share settings below for further important permissions

Advanced Share Settings:

  1. Click “Advanced” to choose the following options, after clicking the blue Share button:
    • Prevent editors from changing access and adding new people
    • Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers
    • To change any of the settings mentioned above, or to remove an individual’s access

New Resource Exploration: Turning Videos into Interactive Lessons

Videos are great tools for the classroom. But how do you know that students are understanding the video content? How do you know that students are even watching the videos you assign at all? There are some great (and free!) tools that enable you to add questions, include commentary, and track student understanding of the videos.

Edpuzzlewww.edpuzzle.com: Edpuzzle enables you to work with already existing videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, or upload your own. You can add multiple-choice or open-ended questions wherever you decide you want the video to pause. Through the dashboard you will know if your students are watching your videos, how many times per section, and if they’re understanding the content.

Playpositwww.playposit.com: Another free tool, Playposit features an editing platform that allows anyone to easily enrich video (from anywhere on the web) with a variety of powerful interactions. Learners receive live feedback to increase long-term retention, which triples learning efficacy over standard video, according to research cited by Playposit.

Check out these easy-to-use tools to step up your video-based lessons and instruction!


On-Campus Training Opportunities

Weekly Workshops – Be sure to check out all of the great workshops offered by IDC this semester. To view the workshop schedule and register, visit our training web site.

One-on-One SupportContact the IDC or drop into the lab (ASB 020) if you need personal support with Moodle or any other instructional technologies.


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