Get Ready to Sprint!

We invite you to be a contributing author for a nursing related digital textbook as part of the Nursing Open at Scale project, which is slated for a 2019 release by eCampusOntario.

These digital textbooks will be structured as edited volumes in the format of an OER. In developing these OER, a Sprint approach will be used and development will be undertaken from mid-May through June 2019.

Topic ideas were generated through a consultative and collaborative process with a group of representatives from Ontario’s post-secondary Nursing and teaching and learning communities in Toronto on March 28, 2019. Each project is listed below for consideration, including a rationale, the proposed layout, and the sprint format. The 3 OER sprint topics include:

  1. The Complete Subjective Health Assessment
  2. Immunizations
  3. Interpreting Canada’s Food Guide and Food Labelling for Health Professionals

Below you will find the following pieces of information:

  • Sprint #1 Description: The Complete Subjective Health Assessment
  • Sprint #2 Description: Immunizations
  • Sprint #3 Description: Interpreting Canada’s Food Guide and Food Labelling for Health Professionals
  • How to Get Involved
  • Application Instructions

Sprint #1 Description: The Complete Subjective Health Assessment

Rationale and Impact: The creation of an OER on the conduct of a complete subjective health assessment, otherwise known as the health history. This OER would be highly relevant to all nursing programs and have high impact. It is an OER that could be incorporated into every nursing program in Ontario as it relates to health assessment, nursing practice, and/or communication courses. All nursing students are required to understand and be prepared to conduct a health history with clients. Currently, students have indicated that the current resources do not facilitate their capacity to conduct a health history. They are constantly seeking out better ways to “frame” questions and videos to support their learning. This topic is also applicable and could be adopted by other healthcare practitioners allied health post secondary programs as it is a competency that applies to those working in all health-related disciplines.

Proposed Layout:

Chapter 1: The Complete Subjective Health Assessment

Chapter 2: Reasons for Conducting the Health History

Chapter 3: Categories and Influencing Factors

Chapter 4: Introductory Information: Demographic and Biographic Data

Chapter 5: Main Health Needs/Reasons for Seeking Care

Chapter 6: Current and Past Health

Chapter 7: Functional Health

Chapter 8: Preventative Treatments and Examinations

Chapter 9: Family Health

Chapter 10: Ethnocultural Health and Resources

Chapter 11: Cultural Safety

Chapter 12: Care Partners

Chapter 13: Health History Summary

Health Assessment Sprint Format:

Phase 1: Identify subject matter experts (SMEs) to peer review content of an existing near completed OER. Each SME sends their comments by May 23, 2019 to eCampusOntario Editorial Lead in advance to be edited and migrated into Pressbooks. All final submissions will be reviewed by an Editorial Committee and collaboratively edited as needed.

Phase 2: SMEs gather in person for a half day sprint at eCampusOntario from 8am-1pm on May 29, 2019 to refine and revise sections, come to consensus on what multimedia elements are required, and create scripts for multimedia content. Multimedia designer, medical artist and student to attend sprint to consult.

Phase 3: SMEs, multimedia designer, medical artist and student gather in person for a half day sprint at a TBD GTA location from 8am-1pm on June 6, 2019 to create multimedia content. Multimedia designer and medical artist to edit content and liaise with Editorial Lead for insertion of multimedia into Pressbooks by June 20, 2019. Final collaborative revisions of content to take place anytime before June 26, 2019.

Sprint #2 Description: Immunizations

Rationale and Impact: Vaccine hesitancy is a global nursing issue that has received considerable media coverage in recent months. This OER will be a frequently referenced resource for novice to expert learners. While immunizations schedules and policies are available online, there is a gap in resources that synthesize information in a digestible manner for learners. Furthermore, students are often left to independently seek out information about the anti-vaccination movement, which often results in confusion and lack of clarity on messaging for future learners. A simple and clear resource that prepares health professionals for discussion about vaccination and equips them with factual knowledge about vaccines and their effects would go a long way in addressing vaccination hesitancy and vaccination rates. This resource will be beneficial for all health care professional programs and will specifically address nurses’ extended scope of practice. Under changes to the Nursing Act, and via the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), it will be within nurse’s scope of practice to prescribe vaccines in the very near future.

Proposed Layout:

Chapter 1: What do Healthcare Professionals Need to Know About Immunizations?

  • Define immunizations and why they are used
  • Herd immunity

Chapter 2: How Do You Know What Immunizations People Need?

  • Schedule
  • Pregnancy
  • Infants and toddlers
  • School age children
  • Adult and older adult
  • Travel
  • Group living/coverage

Chapter 3: The Myths Associated with Immunizations

  • Myths
  • How anti-vaccination movement emerged
  • The healthcare professional’s role

Chapter 4: How to Respond to Individuals with Vaccine Hesitancy?

Chapter 5: Looking Forward: Nurse-Prescribed Vaccinations Immunizations

Sprint Format:

Phase 1: Identify subject matter experts (SMEs) to participate. Write a draft chapter(s) in advance using pre-determined Instructional Design Template and Style Guide. SMEs will also need to consult a list of existing OERs for open content inclusion provided by eCampusOntario and review a selection of media from a list of pre-determined open videos. Each SME sends draft by June 7, 2019 to eCampusOntario Editorial Lead in advance to be edited and migrated into Pressbooks. All final submissions will be reviewed by an Editorial Committee and collaboratively edited as needed. Chapters should be 2-4 pages double spaced with 1-inch margins. Each chapter should have 2-5 learning outcomes framed according to Bloom’s taxonomy, 3-5 reflective questions at the end, and the majority of citations should be open access.

Phase 2: SMEs gather via ZOOM for a half day sprint from 8am-1pm on June 11, 2019 to discuss and refine sections, add and refine interactive H5P elements, come to consensus on what graphics and multimedia elements are required and draft scripts. Multimedia designer, videographer, medical artist and student to attend sprint to consult.

Phase 3: SMEs, multimedia designer, videographer, medical artist and student gather in person for a half day sprint at a TBD GTA location from 8am-1pm on June 13, 2019 to create multimedia content. Multimedia designer, videographer and medical artist to edit content and liaise with Editorial Lead for insertion of multimedia into Pressbooks by June 26, 2019. Final collaborative revisions of content to take place anytime before June 26, 2019.

Sprint #3 Description: Interpreting Canada’s Food Guide and Food Labelling for Health Professionals

Rationale and Impact: This is a current issue. The new food guide just came out this year and thus, little has been written on it, particularly from a nursing perspective. Additionally, nutrition is an important topic area that nurses must be competent in because it is a vital part of health promotion and disease prevention. Nurses are often a point of contact for clients who are struggling with understanding the food guide and how it applies to them. This topic is also applicable and could be adopted by other healthcare practitioners and allied health post-secondary programs as it is knowledge that applies broadly to those working in health-related disciplines. Students in many post-secondary programs will be able to draw upon this resource to inform planning and implementing care around diet.

Proposed Layout:

Chapter 1: What is the Food Guide?

  • Main principles
  • Details of what you should be eating and how much?

Chapter 2: Integrating the Food Guide into the Nursing Process

Chapter 3: What is Food Labelling and What Should you Pay Attention to? Canada’s Food Guide and Food Labelling

Sprint Format:

Phase 1: Identify subject matter experts (SMEs) to participate. Write a draft in advance using pre-determined Instructional Design Template and Style Guide. SMEs will also need to consult a list of existing OERs for open content inclusion provided by eCampusOntario Each SME sends draft by June 7, 2019 to eCampusOntario Editorial Lead in advance to be edited and migrated into Pressbooks. All final submissions will be reviewed by an Editorial Committee and collaboratively edited as needed. Chapters should be 2-4 pages double spaced with 1-inch margins. Each chapter should have 2-5 learning outcomes framed according to Bloom’s taxonomy, 3-5 reflective questions at the end, and the majority of citations should be open access.

Phase 2: SMEs gather via ZOOM for a half day sprint from 8am-1pm on June 12, 2019 to refine and revise sections, come to consensus on what graphics and multimedia elements are required, and create scripts for multimedia content. Multimedia designer, medical artist and student to attend sprint to consult.

Phase 3: SMEs, multimedia designer, medical artist and student gather in person for a half day sprint at a TBD GTA location from 8am-1pm on June 25, 2019 to create multimedia content. Multimedia designer and medical artist to edit content and liaise with Editorial Lead for insertion of multimedia into Pressbooks by June 26, 2019. Final collaborative revisions of content to take place anytime before June 26, 2019.

How to Get Involved

eCampusOntario encourages potential project partners interested in contributing to one or more of these edited volumes to indicate their interest, by submitting your CV and a Statement of Interest (200 words max):

  • Clearly identify the Sprint(s) you would like to participate in
  • Clearly identify the chapters of interest and alignment with qualifications
  • Describe OER development or design experience.

Participants will receive a one-time lump sum honorarium, per sprint commitment, to be distributed after work final completion. Additionally, all dietary sensitive meals will be provided during on-site participation at eCampusOntario offices.

Eligibility:

  • Employed as a faculty member (including sessional or contract) or staff member at an Ontario publicly-assisted college or university, commencing day of participation.
  • Possess subject matter expertise in the discipline of Nursing, Healthcare and/or Multi-Media Design and Development
  • Enrolled as a student or recent alumni from an Ontario publicly-assisted college or university in a health-related discipline. Students participants may be featured in video demonstrations and/or engaged as medical illustrators and communicators.

Participation:

  • Be remotely available and flexible for regular correspondence (ZOOM meetings) and production development under a tight timeline between May-June 2019.
  • Attend scheduled face-to-face sprints at the eCampusOntario office (or another GTA location) located at 372 Bay St, 14th Floor Toronto, ON, M5H 2W9 on the scheduled sprint production day in May or June 2019.
  • Arrange personal travel accommodations as needed.
  • Adhere to a prescribed instructional design template, style guide and accessibility requirements (WCAG 2.0 AA).
  • Adhere to any other unique requirements outlined prior to and during the production phase.
  • eCampusOntario encourages all participating Faculty with teaching responsibilities to consider adopting the OERs being created in these sprints and report their adoptions.
  • Agree that all work product, of every kind, developed, whether alone or in conjunction with others, in the course of this engagement shall be licensed Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

Application Instructions

Submit a statement of interest and CV (in PDF format) by email to lwoodside@ecampusontario.ca by 4:00pm on May 10, 2019. Please address to the attention of Lindsay Woodside, Program Manager, Nursing OER. Successful participants will be notified by May 17 at the latest.

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