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Writing Quality Multiple Choice Questions – Theories, Tips, and the Titanic (EP:10)



Patti ShankWriting Quality Multiple Choice Questions – Theories, Tips, and the Titanic (EP:10)
With Patti Shank, PhD.

Multiple choice questions are ubiquitous in education. We all use them, and they are essential to assessing and gathering data of all sorts. But, are we doing it right? What does the research show about what we need to be doing better? In this episode, award winning author, former eLearning Guild Research Director, and education expert Patti Shank, PhD, chats with Stacy Craft about what it takes to create quality multiple choice questions, how to validate them, and why it is so important to outcomes. From immediate tips you can start using today to an in depth exploration of all things multiple choice – who knew there was so much to ponder about the art of multiple choice questions?

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Additional Resources

Do THIS, Not THAT When Writing Multiple-Choice Questions by Patti Shank

Designing Quality Multiple Choice Questions -Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

Common Mistakes in Writing MCQs

Vyas, Rashmi & Supe, Avinash. (2007). Multiple choice questions: A literature review on the optimal number of options. The National medical journal of India. 21. 130-3.

Video

Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions – Presented by: David J. DiSantis, MD Recorded September 13, 2016 at RSNA’s Faculty Skills Update: Beyond the Podium—Tips for Teaching and Testing

 


Caring and Education – From Theory to Practice in Adult Education (EP:09)



Whitney Kilgore Phd.Caring and Education – From Theory to Practice in Adult Education (EP:09)
With Whitney Kilgore, PhD.

The ethics of care, often referred to as “Care Theory”, is a theory and philosophy that encompasses the human experience as a whole. Pioneered by educationalist and philosopher Nel Noddings with the publication of her book “Caring” in 1982 along with continued work thereafter, Care Theory asks us to re-frame our approach to each other and our experiences through the lens of caring. But, why does this matter and how does it intersect with pedagogy and adult education? In this episode, iDesign co-founder, author, faculty, and researcher Whitney Kilgore, PhD, chats with Stacy Craft about what Care Theory is and why it matters as well as how to integrate caring into our individual educational strategies as well as on a broader scale.

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Additional Resources

Nel Noddings, The Ethics of Care and Education

caring in education – Nel Noddings 

Barrow, M. (2015). Caring in Teaching: A Complicated Relationship. Journal of Effective Teaching15(2), 45-59.

Salehian, M., Heydari, A., Aghebati, N., & Karimi, H. M. (2017). Faculty-Student Caring Interaction in Nursing Education: An Integrative Review. Journal of caring sciences6(3), 257-267.

Audio

Nel Noddings Interview – Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012


Sticky Learning – What Binge Watching Teaches us About the Goldfish Myth (EP:08)



Sticky Learning – What Binge Watching Teaches us About the Goldfish Myth (EP:08)
With Julie Dirksen, M.S.

As educators, you have likely heard a lot about the limits of human attention span, maybe you even heard that cell phones have robbed us of precious mental faculties leaving us with less capacity than a goldfish. Truth be told, there are a lot of ideas out there around the topic of attention span as well as how to make learning materials effective (aka sticky). From goldfish brains to classroom theatrics to multi-hour media binges – what exactly is it that makes us engaged and learning stick? In this episode, designbetterlearning founder, instructional designer, and author of the book Design for How People Learn Julie Dirksen chats with Stacy Craft about strategies for creating ‘Sticky Learning’ and how that connects with our common misconceptions around attention span.

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Additional Resources

How to Make Brain Friendly Learning that Sticks

6 Tricks to Making Learning Sticky! 

Teaching Tips – Sticky Learning

Baird, A. (2012). Sticky Teaching. [online] Association for Psychological Science – APS.

Books

Inglis, H., Dawson, K. and Nishioka, R. (2014). Sticky learning. Lanham: Fortress Press.

Videos

You can follow Julie on Twitter at @usablelearning


Reflecting on Reflection – The Value of Making Meaning (EP:07)



Reflecting on Reflection – The Value of Making Meaning (EP:07)
With Justin Kreuter, MD

Reflection is a transformative and multifaceted practice that has the potential to impact education, learners, and even educators in profound ways. Its application has the distinct ability to allow individuals to connect current and prior knowledge while simultaneously synthesizing emotional and cognitive information – all while applying insights towards the future. In this episode, physician and educator Justin Kreuter, MD chats with Stacy Craft about reflection in education and beyond, personal insights, and practical ideas for beginning reflection.
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Additional Resources

Getting Started with Reflective Practice – Cambridge International Teaching and Learning Team

Role of Reflection – Brock University Center for Pedagogical Innovation

Elizabeth Smith (2011) Teaching critical reflection, Teaching in Higher Education, 16:2, 211-223, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2010.515022

Wald, H. S., Borkan, J. M., Taylor, J. S., Anthony, D., & Reis, S. P. (2012). Fostering and evaluating reflective capacity in medical education: developing the REFLECT rubric for assessing reflective writing. Academic Medicine, 87(1), 41-50.

Video – AskSarbramowicz Episode 7 (starting at timecode 7:11) https://youtu.be/mybbuhWQ4Jo?t=431

Contacts: You can reach Justin Kreuter on Twitter @KreuterMD


Introducing Mayo Clinic Educator’s Central (formerly Edufi)



Hey Everyone, just a quick update for you – Edufi is excited to announce that we will be changing our name to Mayo Clinic Educator’s Central and getting a new look. Our focus will still remain the same, creating podcasts exploring technology, pedagogy, and topics in instructional design and education for all educators and we will also be joining the lineup of official Mayo Clinic podcasts. So, when you see our new name, know its the same great content serving educators across the board from the individuals just dipping their toe in education to professional educators in corporate, higher education, non profit etc. It may take a short bit while we transition our name, so just keep this in mind as you see it. With that said, we have a lot of exciting episodes in store for you so keep listening for new Mayo Clinic Educator’s Central episodes.


Humor & Pedagogy: Funny is Not a 4 Letter Word… it’s 5 (EP:06)



Humor & Pedagogy: Funny is Not a Four Letter Word… it’s 5 (EP:06)
With Suzi Mazzenga, MSIT

Humor activates our sense of wonder, which is where learning begins. Then, why does humor get a cold shoulder in education? Mounting research continues to support that integrating positive humor into education improves learning outcomes in pretty powerful ways. For the love of whimsy! – let’s get to the bottom of this! In this episode, humor and education aficionado Suzi Mazzenga chats with Stacy Craft about the art of making learners laugh – exploring everything from why laughter works, tips for getting started, to an interesting story about a tap dancing science teacher with a message.

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Additional Resources-
Readings and Journals

Videos


Blended Learning – The Fundamentals (EP:05)



Blended Learning – The Fundamentals (EP:05)
With Victoria Staifer, MS

Let’s face it, blended learning is a vast subject and any discussion of it can quickly turn pedantic. Not today! In this episode, blended learning expert Victoria Staifer, MS, chats with Stacy Craft, breaking down all the basics you need to know to get an understanding of blended learning.

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If you found this episode interesting, you may want to take a deeper dive with some of these resources below:

Reading and Journals:

Blended Learning Universe

Innovating with Purpose: The Blended Flow Toolkit for Designing Blended/Hybrid Courses

2019 Horizon Report

Videos:

Rethinking the Role of the Teacher

The Flipped Classroom – Leveraging Student Knowledge in Medical Education

 


Clear Your Mind to Fill Your Mind – Mindfulness in the Classroom (EP:04)



Clear Your Mind to Fill Your Mind – Mindfulness in the Classroom (EP:04)
With Theresa Freese

Mindfulness is a word and concept you may have heard used in a lot of different ways. More than likely you have heard of its powerful benefits to your health. But, did you know that mindfulness can be leveraged in your educational methods to enhance learning outcomes? Join Stacy Craft and Theresa Freese in this episode for a discussion on contemplative pedagogy and how to put mindfulness in action in your educational approach.

Questions? Feedback? Ideas? Contact us at edufi@mayo.edu

If you found this episode interesting, you may want to take a deeper dive with some of these resources below:

Reading and Journals:

Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning – Contemplative Pedagogy 

Montclair State University – Contemplative Pedagogy Program

Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching 

Videos:

Contemplative Reading

Contemplative Practice in Higher Education


Modules… Part 2 – Make it Count (EP:03)



Modules, Make it Count – Part 2 (EP:03)
With Metta Kuehntopp, M.E.d

Part 2 of a multi part conversation on modules. In the previous episode, Metta Kuehntopp and Stacy Craft delved into a bit of semantics and explored the definition of a module and hopefully found a shared understanding of the term and all its implications. Part 2 continues the riveting conversation shifting the focus to the use of ePresentation/Storyline modules – their usage, strengths, and overall considerations. If you haven’t listened to part 1, you might want to stop this now and circle back and give it a whirl.

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Modules… Part 1- A Piece of Cake, Right!? (EP:02)



Modules… a piece of cake right? Part 1 (EP:02)
With Metta Kuehntopp, M.E.d

While seemingly simple in concept, the term “module” can actually be quite a tricky test of semantics. Join Stacy Craft and Metta Kuehntopp in Part 1 of a multi-part episode that will define and explore modules. The episode will get to the bottom of just what modules are, explain how we use them, and discuss the ways modules intersect with quality digital pedagogy and design strategies.

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