About a year ago my daughter and I were sitting at the dinner table and she asked me to text her some information. We laughed at how we were sitting together and sending each other texts and that it would be much easier if we didn’t need an external device to communicate; it would be great if we could just send messages directly to each others’ brain.
Fast forward ~ 6 months (ask and you shall receive) and a Brazilian paraplegic named Juliano Pinto kicked the opening ball at the 2014 Brazilian World Soccer Cup by using sensors to read the electrical “brainstorms” produced by his brain. “The signals are converted into digital commands that any mechanical, electronic, or even a virtual device can understand so that the subject can imagine what he, she or it wants to make move, and the device obeys that brain command. A mental SMS.”
Watch the 19 minute TED talk. At 11 minutes:16 seconds into the video, you can watch Juliano kick the ball.
Housekeeping details at the beginning of a class can seem a bit boring, but covering them is an important step in making your audience comfortable, especially if the training is more than an hour. So what should you include to make sure the basics are covered?
1. The Schedule: When does the training begin and end? When are the breaks? Is there a lunch break? How long is it? Knowing the schedule allows students to concentrate on the class. They’ll know when is the best time to get coffee, make a call, or attend to personal needs and may be less likely to step out of the classroom and miss an important concept.
2. Restrooms: Always include the location of the nearest restrooms, especially if participants are not familiar with the location.
3. Questions: Encourage your students to ask questions along the way. This gives you the opportunity to clear up misconceptions or fill in gaps right away, and allows the learner to move forward in the class.
For more ideas on what to include in your housekeeping details, visit the Langevin Learning blog.
Watch this 4 minute video to for step-by-step instructions for submitting manuscripts and associated files to PubMed Central to comply with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy.
Here’s a fun graphic of iPad apps for teaching and learning. The apps are categorized in areas such as creativity, productivity, interactivity, and sharing and I’ve already found a few I’ve used and few more I want to try out. What looks interesting to you?
If you work with researchers who received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), watch this 3 minute video on how to link funding to their citations and manage compliance from within PubMed.
Have you ever tried to follow steps for using a website or database, but had to keep switching back-and-forth between the instruction screen or video and site you were trying to use? The University of Arizona libraries developed an open-source tool called Guide on the Side for creating interactive tutorials that helps alleviate this problem for users. The left frame of the screen contains instructions and can also have quizzes or links to other information, and the larger, right side has the live website to interact with, without losing your place in the tutorial.
Guide on the Side is an open source PHP and MySQL program and needs to be installed on a server. The program requires a handful of common PHP packages enabled. The full requirements can be found at https://github.com/ualibraries/Guide-on-the-Side/blob/master/README.md#about. Once installed, it is very easy for someone without programming experience to create interactive tutorials. One of my favorite aspects is that it can be very easily updated if the interface of the database or other web resource your teaching about changes — no re-recording of audio-visual tutorials!
You can see examples of our Guide on the Side tutorials or those from McGoogan Medical Library at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (thanks to Heather Brown for sharing).
Watch this 3 minute and 44 second video for a quick overview of a new web-based tool institutions can use to track compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
Are you adding virtual classes to your teaching repertoire? When starting to teach online, you might miss some of the face-to-face interaction that you’ve previously enjoyed with your students. Building rapport in the online classroom doesn’t have to be all that different than traditional instruction. Here a few things you can do to create a friendly environment online, even if you might not be able to share your warm smile with your class participants.
- Welcome students as they enter the room, by name if possible.
- Conduct a brief warm-up activity. The warm-up can familiarize students with the conferencing software, draw on pre-course readings, or help participants get to know each other.
- Show enthusiasm and excitement for the class using your voice or feedback icons.
For additional tips, see this short checklist from Langevin Learning Services.
AIDSinfo is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public.
AIDSinfo creates free mobile applications for two popular AIDSinfo features: HIV/AIDS Drug Database and the HIV/AIDS Glossary. These two apps allow access to federally approved HIV/AIDS treatment and research information optimized for mobile devices and are offered free of charge.
The drug app includes two versions of each drug summary—one for consumers (English and Spanish) and one for health care professionals.
Follow this link to view the apps for iOS and Android: http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/apps
TOXNET now includes a feature for many of the databases that are part of the TOXNET suite which allows you to share a permanent link to a particular record.
View a 49 second video to see a demo of the new feature.
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