Week 1 discussion At this point, you have selected a facility and preceptor for this practicum. Describe your current knowledge of the facility you have chosen and the reasoning behind your choice. What did you learn about the types of informatics activities/projects the facility has going on right now? What are some broad learning objectives that you have identified during your first week with your preceptor that you should think about for your learning contract next week? What else do you need to know about your site? Week 2 discussion This week, your learning contract is due. List some tasks and more focused learning objectives that you and your preceptor have agreed upon and explain why you are going to include them. Describe some of the activities/projects you have identified that you will be able to work on and explain in which stage of the systems development life cycle model each activity/project is in. Week 3 discussion Prepare a list of ten pertinent questions that you plan to ask your preceptor throughout your practicum experience to gain more knowledge about the specific role of an informaticist. Share your questions along with a rationale about why you feel these particular questions are important. Week 4 discussion What electronic health record (EHR) system does your facility use?
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How long has it been in place? How was it chosen as the preferred system? What type of struggles occurred during implementation? Now that it is functional, what does the staff view as both pluses and minuses to this particular system? Week 5 discussion Does your facility have a patient portal system? Ask about how staff and patients were introduced to the portal. Review the educational materials they have for staff and patients. Is it sufficient? If not, what would you add? Ask about usage data. Is it tracked and analyzed? Discuss your findings with your peers. If your facility does not have a patient portal system, apply these same questions to another tool it is using. Week 6 discussion Does your facility participate in TeleHealth with its patients? If so, what type of system does it use? How does the staff feel about it? If it does not have a TeleHealth system, do you think this particular facility would benefit from offering TeleHealth? Why or why not? Week 7 discussion Do some online research on your facility, including social media components. Describe what you see. Are there more opportunities available for health promotion? Think in terms of your future employer. What would you suggest putting in place for an online presence that encourages health promotion? Week 8 discussion Reflect on your first session of the health informatics practicum. What have you learned thus far in the field? What have you not had the opportunity to apply yet from your previously learned coursework that you may still want experience with during the next session? Give specific examples.
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ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
- Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
- Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
- One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
- I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
- Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
- In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
- Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
- Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
- Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
- Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
- I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
- I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
- As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
- It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
- For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
- Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
- Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
- Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
- The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
- Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
- If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
- I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
- As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
- Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
- Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
- Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.