April 27, 2018 at 10:28 am #74329
Win the Game of Patient Care
Follow this link for the current course outline!April 27, 2018 at 1:32 pm #74341
Fabulous work @laurakoller
When it comes to writing the modules… Remember this…’How do you eat an elephant?’
One bite at a time.June 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm #76946
After struggling to start writing my course lessons, I had an epiphany. I looked through the PowerPoint presentations I created for the webinar presentations I’ve given this past year, the ones that were received so well, and I realized that I already had drafts for 30% of the lessons. Score! It was empowering and motivating to realize that I didn’t have to start from scratch, that I was already on my way.
I’ve now completed writing the scripts for my first course module in the Lungs. Yay! As I wrote, the content morphed into a story about Alex, a healthcare professional who is struggling in his own life and practice. There’s a welcome to the lungs, the core question video, and then two lessons, each accompanied by a practice strategy. I plan to continue the story and course format as I progress through the various body organs and Healthcaring strategies in the course.
Here’s the scripts for the first module: MODULE ONE
I’m not sure where to go from here. How do I present the lessons and practice strategies to my audience? I want something that will match the imagination and creativity I’ve infused into the course. At the moment, though, I don’t have a lot of time or tech expertise to create super incredible videos (certainly not green screen magic) and the idea of creating talking head videos seems uninspired.
I’ve thought about creating an audio and PDF for each lesson, and a video and PDF for each practice strategy (for the video I’m thinking something basic like the “Are You Breathing?” video).
I’ve thought about writing the module as one full chapter of the story, with links to video/practice strategies.
What other suggestions does anyone have for creative and/or engaging presentation, especially for someone with limited tech skills and time?June 12, 2018 at 3:27 am #76952
The script is is accessible and potent.
I love what you are up to… every time you check in… the work is deeper, more integrated and more easy to take in… it feels so ready and ripe to be shared and to help other medical pros!
In thinking about how to get the message out, I would think first who are your ideal niche of clients…? Such a cliche question I know but think about the doctors, nurses, etc and more specifically their lifestyles, where they shop, what they do with their free time, how they access new info…
Would they read a blog or article or would short podcasts reach them more easily…?
I suspect the later.
Just following the thread of an idea here…
How about a sequence for free podcasts where
- they get a story like the script…
- They hear you guide them through an intro excercise (simple with some music or not) no frills… this is for very busy pros who are on the go all day…
- And/or make a series of small episodes fro Before they go to the hospital… in the thick of the madness… when they are trying to unwind… 5 mind break… 2 minute break… get very specific on the context
- batch these into a free or low cost intro (after they get a free story, and their imagination is lit up for the possibilities)
I love the framing you have already (lungs etc,) and would want to explore each module or course get a sense of completion and accomplishment and a journey of change and then be excited to do the next one (heart is most exciting to me, but also gut!).
Hope my quick ramblings above make some sense and give you some possibilities to chew on…
LOVE your work and so grateful to have your wild inspiring YOU in my life helping to keep my creative fires burning bright!June 13, 2018 at 7:39 am #76995
I hear what @davidj is saying about busy professionals perhaps preferring to listen whilst on the go, and think that is a very valid point. However, I think it not only comes down to busy-ness but also the kind of person you are. I don’t like listening to things, I prefer to see and read, and I’m sure there are many healthcare professionals who are the same.
So I wonder if the solution might be to create a PDF with an audio version so that people have the choice of which way they wish to receive the info? (I have done this with one of my PDF’s on my course for the same reason really) Essentially, it’s no more effort as you only have to write it once. Also too, (though I don’t want to overwhelm you) once you have the audio it’s only one small step to create a video from it and that way you have maximised the use from one piece of content. I reckon you could create a basic video template that stays pretty much the same for each one, only interchanging pictures and text. It doesn’t have to be anything flashy and I would be willing to help you put some kind of template together if you like?
Of course, for the actual course itself a pdf with audio version would be quite sufficient as you have videos in the other sections of the course so I don’t think more are necessary really. So maybe just keep the idea of turning one piece of written content into a video and audio for other stuff and marketing etc – particularly for marketing because then you have 3 different formats out there from you just one piece of writing – more reach! 😉June 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm #77033
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
@laurakoller, I am slammed with moving and setting up our new show, business plan and onboarding some new clients. I would love to read this but will not have time for a bit. Can you come on our coaching call next week so we can help you out? Would love to support you and are happy to see you still going!June 16, 2018 at 12:37 pm #77051
@laurakoller I needed that ‘breathing’ exercise. I’m seriously thinking that my Abuelitas would love your work. We used ‘Listening’ on the course last weekend.
What I like about the basic video is that there’s nothing to look at to distract you, but I agree with @saramccann that some people like something to look at. I found that my eyes had closed by the end and I was so focussed on my breathing that it took a minute to realise the video had stopped. So well done. Perhaps if you make a visual aid, ie a video, it could fade down as it gets to the end so that the ‘listener’ is simply breathing, eyes closed.
I love the story element. I love going into “Alex’s” life and coming back into the lungs. And once again @davidj comes up with a brilliant idea.June 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm #77164
Thank you so much for your input!
@davidj – I appreciate your ideas about niche and format. I agree that audio/podcast may be helpful. That being said, I’m a visual person and usually prefer to scan information quickly. So perhaps I can make the information available both as text, audio, and eventually video (although I’m eager to just push this out and see where it goes form here). I’m getting the impression that guided audios are a great selling point, but I think I may add those on as a bonus later down the line. For now I want to get the story and the content out there. The first module will be free!
@saramccann – I like the idea of sharing the info in multiple formats, and I will definitely welcome your expertise in figuring out how to make it all happen. Thanks so much!
@mars – Thank you for listening to the video and sharing your experience. I think your Abuelitas would be a great audience for this work. I’ll keep you updated on my progress and, if you’re willing, perhaps you can get some feedback from your phenomenal group of women.
@bradleytmorris – Thanks for your note. I can understand living a full life! I have some new ideas, but I will definitely consider joining you for the coaching call when I find myself stuck again.June 22, 2018 at 1:17 pm #77221
This week I decided that, for the story of Alex, I could publish each chapter as a separate flipbook. That way, each time the student is asked to read a chapter it will actually feel like turning the pages of a book and engage the student in flipping the pages. Thank you to @learnandgetsmarter for sharing this great resource 🙂
I went to flipsnack.com and I was able to create separate flipbooks for each of the 3 chapters in the first module:
My plan is to change the background for each of the different organs. I think this background is a good fit for the Lungs!
I plan to record audio for the chapters. Maybe I can embed that on the same page, maybe not. When I upgrade my FlipSnack plan, I can also enable students to print a PDF of each flipbook. That will give people options.
To supplement the story, I will create an Operation-style card to introduce each module, “Skill Sheet” PDFs, and a “Reflections” journal page for each segment.
To conclude each module, I plan to create a “Finding the Treasure” video. You know those “Opening Videos” that kids love to watch on YouTube? I’m going to borrow my kids’ mini treasure chest and open it up to find the Achievement – which means I’ll need to find a prop to use as my Mirror of Mindfulness. After I find the treasure, I’ll talk about how it symbolizes the important lessons from the chapter.
Once I have all those pieces, I can actually launch the module all by itself – to my email list and some other individuals who may be able to provide valuable feedback. It would be nice to upgrade the website and create the sales page, but for now I think that sharing the idea and building an audience is the most important thing I can do.
Next step: Play around with Canva to create those Skill Sheet PDFsJune 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm #77223
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
I finally got a chance to read the first chapter/checkpoint and I loved it. The story is so powerful and I think so many doctors and nurses will be able to relate with that experience. I am excited about the flip books too. I think that’s a great way. Definitely do an audio version. For the small amount of time it will add and the number of people who are more likely to go with audio, it only makes sense. The direction you’re heading feels great to me Laura. Love how fired up about it you are. That says it all!June 22, 2018 at 1:51 pm #77230
Oh gosh, @laurakoller! This is just so fabulous! I love love love your flipbooks, and I’m so delighted they are working for your delivery of this content. The background you picked is perfect for the lungs! (I felt like I was inside a lung while reading).
I love your ideas about recording audio (just make sure you don’t set it to autoplay, in case people access the flipbook in a place where that’s not appropriate) and the treasure videos are fabulous!
You really drew me in with these stories and made me want to know what’s going to happen next. I think the combination of flipbook plus story is a real winner.
Might you also consider adding images to the stories?
I’m just so delighted that you did this, it’s really fantastic. Thank you for sharing, you made my day! (And also helped me learn more about mindfulness!)June 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm #77321
@learnandgetsmarter – I appreciate the many resources you’ve shared here on the mountain! Sometimes it takes a while for things to click – and this is not something I would have known about had you not shared it. I do like the idea of adding images – eventually. I’m still working on graphics for the course in general and I’m not sure what types of images I’d want to include in the flipbook. Right now I’m most interested in getting a “beta” version of this first module out there so I can request feedback. I plan to come back and change things later. I’m sure there will be lots to add and improve. Keep sharing your wealth of resources!June 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm #77449
This week I’ve been struggling with the idea of “Skills Sheets” – and then I realized this course concept is based on a game. SO why not just create game cards for each of the Operation Procedures? The cards will be a simple visual, and I’m thinking I can figure out how to make them printable so students can hold them and revisit the concepts offline after completing the module. Each card will be accompanied by audio/PDF description of the strategy.
So here’s the current layout for the first module. It feels a lot of different components. I’m thinking this may be good for engaging the learner, but I’m also worried this may be too busy and neurotic.
MODULE 1: THE LUNGS
Intro Video – Are You Breathing?
Flipbook – Welcome to the Lungs
ANATOMY Card – Dyspnea
Journal Reflection / Invitation to the Community
LESSON 1. Mindfulness
Flipbook – Mindfulness
PROCEDURE Card – The STOP Technique (card visual with audio and PDF descriptions)
Journal Reflection / Invitation to the Community
LESSON 2. Reflective Practice
Flipbook – Reflective Practice
PROCEDURE Card – The Three Questions (visual with audio and PDF descriptions)
Journal Reflection / Invitation to the Community
ACHIEVEMENT Card – The Mirror of Mindfulness
Video – “Opening the Treasure Chest”June 26, 2018 at 5:50 pm #77465
@laurakoller I absolutely love this. It’s not busy and neurotic because you are keeping the same structure for each lesson (flipbook/procedure card/journal reflection) and just varying the content. You are engaging learners through varied modalities each of which pulls out ENGAGEMENT from them in various ways:
- they have to read the flipbook (and also flip the pages, which allows them to control the pace of instruction and ensures that they stay awake). This is a more active type of learning than passively watching a video.
- they have to follow the procedures on the procedure card.. I love the game format, and this again requires active involvement on the learner’s part
- they have to reflect and write in their journal.
The other good thing about this format is that you are providing different types of input . First there is instructor to student input (you are teaching them the material via the lesson in the flipbook). Then the learner has to interact with the lesson material (and perhaps other students?) via the procedure card. And finally they have to reflect on their own experience and provide feedback back to you as to what they have learned, via the reflective journal.
This is excellent lesson design because it engages the learner via multiple learning modalities. As long as you keep the FORMAT/STRUCTURE consistent so they know what to expect in each lesson (read the flipbook/follow the procedure card/ write in your journal) I think it will be just right.
Awesome learning design… really elegant! Woo hoooooooooo!June 27, 2018 at 12:29 pm #77525
@learnandgetsmarter – Thanks for the positive feedback. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how this course – actually, just this first module – is going to come together, how it’s going to appear on Teachable or Mighty Networks or whatever other platform I end up using for the course.
One idea I’ve been exploring today is options for journaling. I don’t want to invite people to write all their journal entries in the community because that could become very burdensome very quickly. But I do want to be able to suggest an easy “go-to” option for students so it’s easy and as painless as possible.
I saw an entry that Bradley posted about embedding the journal into their Master class. That looked great, but if I have to take a course to figure out how to make it happen (and he has to create one first) then it’s too complex for me at this moment in time. There’s the Evernote option, too, but I do remember it took me a while to figure out how to make that all work and I haven’t been back for a while. I’m thinking there must be something easier out there already!
One of the options I came across is a free online journaling site called Penzu. I opened an account this afternoon. It was free and I was able to start an “Operation Healthcaring” journal and start writing “write” away (pun intended). I think, for an online course, people would appreciate the option of an online journal rather than printing out a PDF or writing in their own notebook. That could also make it easier to share in the community: you can easily cut and paste the highlights of your entry into the community forum. I think there’s a way to share the journal entries within Penzu as well – I have not figured that one out just yet.
So, as of 3pm today, I’m thinking that’s what I may start with for online journaling – and also invite feedback in the community forum regarding other journaling options. It might be cool to have an option for sharing (there is a Penzu Classroom membership option that I could sign up for and maybe that would enable sharing entries) but I don’t want to do something like Google Classrooms that suggests I will read and/or provide feedback on every entry. That’s not reasonable. But it could be cool to set up a cohort of students that all starts together and progresses through the curriculum together, and enable them to share with each other. That being said, the community forum (I’m expecting to use Mighty Networks) would likely be adequate for that.
I’ve got all kinds of ideas bouncing around in my head. You can just call me Popcorn Brain!!!
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