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CrossBraining Staff
By CrossBraining Staff
on July 13, 2021

We’ve all endured the bloodborne pathogen video. The one where you hit play before stepping away to do laundry. And then you guess on a bunch of multiple choice questions until you get them all right. 

Dr. Kristin Stockbridge
By Dr. Kristin Stockbridge
on June 15, 2021

Colleges and Universities across the nation have seen the benefits of simulation in health education. When we think of Simulation Labs, it’s important to remember that simulation can take on many different forms: standardized patients, low and high-fidelity simulation models, homemade simulation models, and even simple roleplaying. Although some programs have the funding to invest in state-of-the-art labs, others may need to start small by getting creative.

Dr. Kristin Stockbridge
By Dr. Kristin Stockbridge
on June 07, 2021

The technology available to health science programs has grown exponentially. Simulation Labs are at the top of that list, with both 2 and 4-year colleges investing extensive resources into building effective Sim Labs. However, COVID-induced social distancing, tech requirements, and equipment scarcity can make it difficult when there are a number of students who need to use the equipment. 

CrossBraining Staff
By CrossBraining Staff
on May 24, 2021

I remember a drawing class for my Interior Design program during my first year of college. I was not a good artist at all (which is why I chose Interior Design instead of fine arts). And although I tried my best and kept practicing and practicing, I struggled to draw human structures. Hands, eyes, noses; I couldn’t draw them well, But I did improve by the end of the semester. Unfortunately, the professor didn’t grade on improvement, he graded by comparison. Specifically, he the final drawings for the class and put them next to each other. The best ones got an A and the worst a D. I ended up with a D in that class.  I was a 3.8 GPA student before that D. Needless to say, I was devastated and ended up leaving that college (fortunately I did find my calling!).

CrossBraining Staff
By CrossBraining Staff
on May 13, 2021

UDL checkpoint 3.4 stresses the importance of students being able to transfer their learning to new contexts. Every educators has had a student who is “book smart” - they do well on tests and seem to have a strong understanding of the material. That is, until they have to apply it to a real life situation. As we know, real-world scenarios can be full of ambiguity and uncertainty. We may be able to perform a task and have the same outcome 100 times, but all of a sudden, that next time, everything changes. Students need to be able to use critical thinking skills both in their academic programs and once they move into their career.

CrossBraining Staff
By CrossBraining Staff
on May 05, 2021

Whether you teach STEM, Health Science, or English Composition, it is important to create lessons where students see obvious benefit. Too often, students are given busy work. They know when this is happening, and it can cause them to grow suspicious toward the learning process. But when students are given ownership over their learning, they will not only be more motivated, they will retain the material better. According to the UDL guidelines Checkpoint 7.2, you can do this by determining ways to improve relevance, value, and authenticity.

CrossBraining Staff
By CrossBraining Staff
on April 28, 2021

The three main concepts behind UDL are 1) providing multiple means of engagement, 2) representation, and 3) action and expression. UDL encourages faculty to provide a variety of methods in which students can both learn the material and prove their learning. One area of UDL focuses on comprehension and how the instructor can guide information processing and visualization.

CrossBraining Staff
By CrossBraining Staff
on April 12, 2021

Universal Design for Learning is a teaching framework developed based on decades of scientific research on how humans learn. CrossBraining was built on this framework so that teachers can unlock UDL’s potential in their classroom. In this series, we will delve deep into UDL and how CrossBraining’s platform uses it to drive learning.

CrossBraining Staff
By CrossBraining Staff
on March 24, 2021

We don’t need to tell you that student engagement is important. But we can share some research-backed best practices on how to make lessons and projects more engaging.

Dr. Kristin Stockbridge
By Dr. Kristin Stockbridge
on March 12, 2021

Many Health Science educators have found the benefit of having their students create a portfolio of their work. These portfolios generally include certifications, skills checklists, documentation of skills performed during labs, and other items demonstrating what they have learned in their program. In addition, some may require students to create a LinkedIn page to assist with their search for employment in the field. With CrossBraining, students can take this to another level by showing themselves in action and demonstrating actual performance of these skills.