Provoking the Learning Spirit: Stories of Hybrid Nursing Spaces and Borderlands
by © 2015 ~ June Kaminski, MSN PhD(c) and colleagues
Presented at 7th Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference, University of British Columbia, February 21, 2015
How do you shape curriculum that nurtures the art and science of nursing within innovative hybrid learning spaces? The challenge of stimulating nursing students through relational engagement and critical inquiry demands innovative and engaged curricular practices. The development of a rich robust technological e-scape for nursing education requires invocative practices, planning and the application of generative programs and applications.
Our presentation engaged participants in our journey into the world of hybrid learning to launch a dynamic, unique second degree nursing program. The KPU Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program faculty use e-portfolios, professional and academic mentorship, capstone residencies, simulation labs, and nurture creativity and connectedness through iPads, apps, and other novel technologies to arouse aesthetic and reflective expression.
We presented this session as a visually expressive reader's theatre. Our presenters formed a circle to present diverse stories of our experiences within the third space of planned and lived curriculum. We created a dynamic multimedia backdrop to project the rich e-scape used to relationally engage with our students and stimulate embodied knowing. As well, large canvases that showcased poignant examples of student artefacts added life and visceral meaning to our stories. We role-played our use of multiple technological layers as we told our stories to explore the heart and borderlands of our curriculum spaces.
We aimed to capture audience interest and imagination with our story-telling as we enacted our experiences with unique students, diverse partnerships, passionate faculty, and innovative curriculum.