NEW YORK NURSE: June/July 2012
by Erin Silk
School may be out for the summer, but NYSNA’s Faculty Camp returns August 6-7 at NYSNA headquarters in Latham. Faculty Camp 2012 will explore “The Use of Virtual Technology in Nursing Education,” an introduction to the virtual classroom via the three-dimensional platform known as Second Life, a computer-based, simulated environment that provides increased interactive experiences for nursing students.
NYSNA’s Faculty Camp is an educational program that helps prepare new clinical faculty to succeed in educator roles, and gives experienced faculty best practices to mentor new educators.
Bridging the gap between knowledge and application
In today’s rapidly changing world of technological advances, virtual learning centers are being utilized by nursing faculty to help bridge the gap between knowledge and application. Faculty, who are often challenged to find new and resourceful methods to engage students and accommodate non-traditional schedules, can now provide a full array of clinical experiences through a computerized simulated learning center.
Faculty Camp participants will experience the virtual world of Second Life via Faculty Camp presenters Dr. Stephanie Stewart, Dean for Research and Innovation, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Phoenix, AZ, and Thomas Berthold, Student Services Coordinator and Second Life Technician, University of Wisconsin, Cecil, WI. Dr. Stewart has more than 40 years of nursing experience and has been training faculty to use the virtual classroom platform since 2007. Mr. Berthold has created avatars, taught Second Life navigation and served as producer and editor of virtual scenarios since 2008.
Participants will be able to create their own avatar - a three dimensional object that represents the user - to move through a simulated environment where they will learn how to incorporate Second Life for use with nursing theory, preparing classroom coursework and clinical experiences.
Don’t miss out on this innovative teaching format. This two-day workshop is $350 for NYSNA members ($450 non-members) and runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The course fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks for both days. Registration deadline is July 30, 2012. For more details and to register online, visit nysna.org, or call 1-800-724-6976, ext. 277 to request a brochure and registration form.