Becoming a nurse

If you have ever thought about becoming an LPN or CNA, you’ll find that you have to take an exam prior to starting class.  In today’s busy world prospective students may not have time to attend classes to prepare for this entrance exam.

Because this is a technology blog, and the buzz words of today are asynchronous training and cloud computing; here’s how we overcame the technical challenges of delivering class online while saving money.

The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville will be offering the Allied Health (LPN, CNA, PCT/Medical Assistant) Test preparation as an online course through the TTC Shelbyville Learning Management System this fall.  Using technology to deliver the course online, the course will include sections on Numerical Skills/Pre-Algebra Placement Test and Reading.

The Allied Health LMS allows the student to access the course anywhere at any time.   There are two sections of the  test that students are tested on: Pre-Algebra and Reading. The minimum required score for acceptance into the registration process (Exam) may vary, depending on the school to which students are applying and the class into which the students want to enroll. Included with the course are 24 videos delivered by Kate Jacobs, Technology Foundations Teacher.   The videos have been optimized for delivery on any computer including mobile tablets and smartphones.    In addition to the videos, the course includes 78 detailed handouts along with eight practice exams. So how did we overcome the challenges?

Already being overwhelmed by the amount of work we can sometimes have, the IT department implemented the Moodle Learning Management system which is rated as one of the best free LMS systems available.   The cost of the server (we build our own) was only 20% of purchasing a server from a vendor.   The handouts were converted as PDFs and over 10 hours of instruction was recorded and converted to play on iPads, Android and computers.   The videos were compressed and optimized so that minimum bandwidth is used and can be delivered to low speed internet connections.

Adding users to Moodle is easy and fast.  Registration and classes can ‘clean’ up automatically and with logging, students can be monitored with state of the art communication providing ‘on the go’ students with the best possible experience.   Instructors can monitor student logins and progress so delivery quality can be monitored.

Opensource and freeware used –

Any Video Converter (free or inexpensive)

About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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