All resources in VIVA Open Skills Academy

VIVA Open Skills Academy Resources

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This resource includes all of the recordings and activities for the different sessions of the VIVA Open Skills Academy: Building Your OER Practice. The first session is An Introduction to Getting Started with VIVA Open on November 10, 2022. The following Academy sessions will be hosted in February, 2023 and will build on the foundational skills and practices of collaborating to curate, evaluate, create, and share Open Educational Resources (OER) to further develop projects to advance OER in your work.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Megan Simmons, Sophie Rondeau, Joanna Schimizzi

VIVA Open Course Planning Template

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The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Open Course Grants are awarded to educational professionals in the state of Virginia who wish to adopt, adapt, or create open or no-cost course materials that will greatly reduce the cost of those materials for students in courses in any discipline. Grantees are invited to remix this course planning template to design and share their OER project plans, course information and syllabus, and reflection.

Material Type: Syllabus

Authors: Megan Simmons, Sophie Rondeau, Stephanie Westcott, Genya O'Gara

Creative Clinical Teaching In The Health Professions

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This peer reviewed e-book is a must-read for nurses and other health professionals who strive to teach with creativity and excellence in clinical settings. Each chapter presents current evidence informed educational practice knowledge. Each topic is also presented with text boxes describing ‘Creative Strategies’ that clinical teachers from across Canada have successfully implemented. For those who are interested in background knowledge, the authors provided a comprehensive literature base. And, for those interested mainly in 'what to do,' the text box summaries offer step-by-step directions for creative, challenging activities that both new and experienced instructors can begin using immediately.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Sherri Melrose

Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice - 2nd Edition

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Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice provides a pivotal learning experience for students transitioning from an associate degree education to a baccalaureate degree. Content includes a broad overview of the nursing profession, the role of accrediting and professional organizations with a strong focus on the American Nurses Association’s foundational documents. The competencies of the Standards of Professional Practice and the Code of Ethics are weaved throughout the text. Topics covered in this text include professional nursing practice, baccalaureate education, healthcare in the 21st century, autonomy and accountability, nursing philosophy, professional development, communication, interprofessional collaboration, critical thinking, introduction to evidence-based practice, and nursing leadership and theory.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Jamie Murphy

Understanding Document Accessibility

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With much of the world gone digital, learning to create documents that are accessible to everyone is becoming a necessary skill. Intended for a general audience, this free resource reviews a wide range of document authoring applications, including the tools they contain for creating accessible documents, and tests them to ensure they do not contain potential barriers. Learn how to create accessible word processed documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides, and PDF documents, among others, so they are accessible to everyone.

Material Type: Textbook

Clinical Medical Assistant Support Materials

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Materials to support instructors in the Clinical Medical Assistant program.Program summary:This program prepares students to assist physicians in a medical office, health center or hospital. Topics include preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, infection control, diagnostic testing, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) credential exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).Note: Students may opt to register for an optional externship experience in a local physician’s office upon successful completion; additional fees apply. 

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Wyn Schell

Anatomy and Physiology

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Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the two-semester human anatomy and physiology course for life science and allied health majors. The book is organized by body system and covers standard scope and sequence requirements. Its lucid text, strategically constructed art, career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course. The web-based version of Anatomy and Physiology also features links to surgical videos, histology, and interactive diagrams.

Material Type: Full Course