1.What did you learn from the experience? SO MUCH! I am still processing the bits and bytes of knowledge and experience I gained over this past year. Above all, I learned how to look for answers, who to go for guidance, where to find tricks and tools to enhance my class.
2.What were some of the most effective elements or aspects of the certificate program? What worked for you and why? The support of the POT team and my fellow members of cohort 3 were were the cogs in the wheel. I learned through reading the blogs and by reaching out and asking my POT mentors. The weekly assignments and activities, although overwhelming at times (I now have a greater empathy for my students) required me to try the tools that I learned to love or leave. While I dreaded the idea of a text for this class Ko and Rossen is a keeper. Amazon has already sent me a request to buy back the book, I will decline.
Finally, being a part of this program gave me the confidence to accept an invitation to present a Poster Board Presentation "Creating Meaningful Discussion in an Asynchronous Environment " at the Spring 2011 Asilomar Conference for California Nurse Educators: "Teaching Innovations." The Wimba voiceboard is being highlighted in this poster. I imagine there will be many questions from my fellow nurse educators.
3. What can we do to make the program better? What suggestions can you make that will help us ensure that future participants benefit from your experience and your suggestions for improving the program. I looked at the plan for cohort 4, it looks great, I don't have anything to add. I imagine I will be an auditor from time to time.