Experiential Learning

The learning process within much of the practical and lab environment for sonography training align with Kolb’s experiential learning  cycle. Refer to:  http://www.simplypsychology.org/learning-kolb.html The four stages that complete the cycle include: experience, reflection, conceptualization and experimentation. During typical training in the sonography lab, students start with an experience, such as practicing hands on use of the…

Memory in learning

Memory is one of the key components in learning and retaining information. Initially, information is sensed using sight, hearing, touch, taste or smell and has the potential for short and long term memory.  Most information we sense day by day is not processed in a cognitive way. Short term memory is recent and tends to…

Collaborating with a Learning Partner

Check out Nik’s Blog At first I was a bit hesitant about this part of the online learning environment. Collaborating with a fellow student I had never met was a new experience for me. But once I realized we had similar goals from the PIDP Program and similar outlooks with our teaching styles, the conversation flowed…

Preparing for Instruction 1- Characteristics of Adult Learners

I’ve decided to comment on the research and assumptions compiled by Malcom Knowles (1980 and 1984) regarding adult learning. The article below outlines the 5 assumptions Knowles made about adult learners and how these assumptions differ from childhood learning. https://elearningindustry.com/the-adult-learning-theory-andragogy-of-malcolm-knowles Adult learners are self-directed, experienced, are ready to learn, are problem-centered needing immediate application and…

Trends in Adult Education

GOOGLE DRIVE Today’s world is developing at a phenomenal rate since the wake of technology. Every year as technology advances, so does the human desire to use and understand it. I believe technology has become a positive influence in the learning environment. Many of us already use online sources for information and discovery and are…

Trends in Sonography Training

Like many aspects of healthcare, sonography (ultrasound imaging) is continually changing. The equipment, the technology and the diverse applications are advancing every year. As the industry is changing, so is the training. Most educational institutes have used a mix of classroom, hands on practice in the lab and hands on practice in the clinical environment,…

Short Autobiography

Welcome to my blog. This type of communication is all new to me, but already I am seeing its benefits as a teaching tool. Presently I work as a sonographer (ultrasound technologist) part-time at a small hospital in Mission B.C. and also teach part time at BCIT in the sonography lab. Most of my teaching…

Let the learning begin!!!

Today marks the beginning of my PIDP journey. Through the months to come, I know that the knowledge and experience I gain will strengthen the way I teach my students next semester.