A series of 3 high-risk pregnancy and neonatology nursing courses were developed in French over a period of 4 years. The third installment of the series, Soins infirmiers du nouveau-né à risqué (Nursing Care for High-risk Newborns), received the "Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology" in 2005 from the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and the Office for Partnerships for Advanced Skills (OPAS).
This course targets nurses across Canada who are are seeking professional development as well as University of Ottawa nursing students. The main goal was to offer these courses, which had only ever been offered in English in a face-to-face setting, in French and at a distance. They were developed in collaboration with the Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and South-eastern Ontario (PPPESO), the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) and the University of Ottawa.
Instructional Challenge/Approach: Instructional Challenge: This course is the theoretical prerequisite for the on-site practicum. While access to maternity and neonatal units in hospitals is difficult at best, it is even harder to get access to high-risk newborns. It is, however, imperative that learners get an opportunity to observe newborns as well as the testing and evaluation they go through. In addition to all of these challenges, it is almost impossible to find resources on this subject in French.
Approach: A quasi-modular approach was used in the design for its flexibility given that it can be accessed anytime at the learner=s convenience. It also combines elements of constructivism and behaviorism.
- medium to high
Utilization of Multimedia (low/medium/high):
Materials and Media Selected:
- Identification activities
- Classification activities
- Gas analysis activities
- Self-evaluation case studies
- Formative quizzes
- Newborn assessment through interactive video
- Discussion forums