Writing on Demand:
Purpose: designed to provide periodic assessments of students' understanding of the material prior to their exams. To better prepare students to write for our profession, students will be expected to write in a tone suitable for an academic paper in our professional journal, Respiratory Care. Students will be responding to prompts in a face-to-face class, being monitored by myself, or a colleague. My intent is that after students receive feedback on their initial Writing on Demand assignments, they will need to respond with research into what the correct response should have been. The second drafts will be submitted online and will require students to answer the question correctly as well as explain why their initial responses were incorrect. There will be students who correctly address the content but do so without strict adherence to good writing mechanics and professional writing style. These students will submit second drafts that address these issues. If they are minor issues that require fairly superficial revision, i.e. the use of contractions or personal pronouns, they will be redirected to explain the concepts in another way. An example of this would be if a question asked a student how a particular mode of ventilation worked and they answered the question correctly and with minimal or no stylistic/mechanical issues, I would prompt them to rewrite the answer in a manner that a patient or patient’s family member would understand. This would address the need for clinicians to be able to explain complicated concepts in an easy-to-understand manner for patients and their families.
Number of drafts: 2.
Length of each draft: "Essay" seems to imply questions that are half a page to a full page in length. It might be more appropriate to call these "short answer" questions as students will be expected to provide answers of approximately 100-150 word responses that answer the question and support their answer. Thus, students will be writing 300-450 words per quiz, per draft.
Person to evaluate: I, or my counterpart at our satellite program at Mercy Hospital-St. Louis, Linda Weems., will be evaluating the drafts.
Primary literature homework assignments (3)
Purpose: The purpose of these assignments is to continually expose students to the primary literature of our profession to help them learn our professional dialect, understand our knowledge constructs, and increase the depth of their understanding of the content. Each assignment requires students to read two to three assigned peer-reviewed articles pertaining to their respective units, including disease processes, specialty modes of ventilation, and specialty gases for inhalation. Students are then expected to answer a series of short answer questions pertaining to the articles. Currently, a fair portion of the questions are fairly low-level questions that can be answered simply by diligent searching in the article. These questions would be revised to require higher order thinking and reduced considerably in number.
Number of required drafts: 1-2 drafts.
Length of each draft will be approximately 330 words. Person to evaluate: I, or my counterpart at our satellite program at Mercy Hospital-St. Louis, Linda Weems, will be evaluating the drafts.
Purpose: This semester-long project is to further improve students' fluency in reading the literature of our profession, gain proficiency in writing in our professional style, and increase their knowledge of the mechanical ventilation topic of their choice.
Number of drafts: 3. This assignment is sequenced. See below for details Length of each draft: variable, depending on the section of the paper they are turning in.
Person to evaluate: I, or my counterpart at our satellite program at Mercy Hospital-St. Louis, Linda Weems, will be evaluating the drafts.
Length of assignment:
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