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Innovation proposal

To: The curriculum committee of the Dallas College Radiologic Sciences Program

From: Stephanie Wells

Date: September 9, 2022

 

Re: Innovation Plan Proposal

 

To the curriculum committee of the Dallas College Radiologic Sciences Program,

 

The Dallas College Radiologic Sciences Program has long enjoyed a strong reputation in the industry of having quality students and graduates. Content mastery of radiographic procedures are the building block for the success of radiography students to produce diagnostic images.  Quick and accurate assessment of patient condition and potential need for adaptations is paramount in the clinical environment.  With the recent transition to 8 week semesters and the combination of radiology programs within the district, I believe we can continue this great tradition and even improve it going forward.

 

In the new abbreviated semesters, procedures students are not mastering essential content before they move on to the next course.  All courses have remained cumulative with a minimum score of 75 which is still  happening readily in the program; however, I am seeing a shortfall in higher-level mastery that is expected before they are progressing into clinicals.  We need to demonstrate deeper learning and not just strategic learning for a passing grade. 

 

I would like to pilot a blended-learning environment by adding an interactive digital component to the second and third of three related courses (basic, intermediate, advanced procedures) that will connect the three procedures courses together for content mastery.

Students will be given access to the imaging labs so they can work collaboratively with their peers.

 

  • The 2nd 8 weeks would offer refreshers for the 1st semester and the 3rd 8 weeks would refresh for both the 1st and 2nd semesters.

  • The content will include written question banks, interactive radiographs, theory, freedom of access to any digital environment that will add to the learning, adaptations, situational judgment scenarios and pathology in a variety of learning methods.  

  • Peer collaboration and mentoring.

  • Allow the student to be self-paced in the refresher with multiple attempts until content  mastery is obtained.

  • Unlimited access to the content until the national registry is passed. 

  • Students are comfortable using technology and it is readily available.

  • This would allow for flexibility with time management.

 

We can expect to see the students enter their clinical experience more prepared and be able to perform any exam readily with little to no hesitation. 

  • Graduates should be more engaged because they will become self-learners with motivation towards mastery.

  • Graduates will have a community of peers established that they can continue to engage with.

  • Learning outcomes will be maintained with a goal of overall improvement with the new model.

  • Our reputation for having the most prepared students in the field will be maintained.

The most appealing part of this process is that creating this blended-learning initiative will not cost the program anything in equipment or supplies, we only need time.  I would like to start the process and hope to collaborate with the other procedures faculty to create interactive digital content from each course to be added to the next course for ongoing exposure to critical content. This process can begin immediately and should only take 18 months to implement fully.

Please help me in moving our program to the next level.

 

Kind regards,

Stephanie Wells

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