CEP 817 Lab Exercise: “Mind Priming” (Actively working and thinking on my problem)

My initial thoughts, notes and great tools that I picked up while going through the Module 4 Lecture material:

  1. Mind Tools – to help me with brainstorming activities
  2. Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From ($12.99 through iBooks)
  3. Vertical Measures- Six Creative Ways to Brainstorm Ideas

Since I don’t have a great place yet to catalog resources, I will start here!

Below are my notes and initial thoughts for my problem (creating an engaging curriculum for the Survival Flight Nurse Internship Program)

CEP 817 Prob. of Practice Idea Notes CLICK PHOTO FOR AN ENLARGED VIEW

Post “Incubation” Notes and Thoughts…

  • I am not alone in this. I have practicing flight nurses who would be willing to help
    • I will need to limit the size of the task and make it quite specific
  • I will engage the interns in creating their own learning:
    • Presentations based upon objectives I give them
    • A lecture / exercise in self-directed learning
    • Interns will create small (5-15 minute) presentations on topics related to objectives. They will present to the flight nurses (increase in the stakes)
    • Weekly “Big Subject Matter” Discussions
    • Weekly “Debrief” Sessions to ensure objectives covered and “on the fly” curriculum adjustment / revision
  • Mini Brainstorming sessions during opportune times:
    • Staff meetings
    • Visits with staff during downtime
    • Case Review
    • During staff evaluation periods
  • Create lecture material based upon small “snippets” of time (“Survival Flight in 5” Concept)
  • Remainder of curriculum competency and simulation-based
  • Still at a roadblock when it comes to “INNOVATION”
  • Checklist of Big Items so everything covered

Process Reflection

Rather than a “work – incubation – revisiting the problem” lab exercise, this was a “work – incubation – roadblock – incubation – roadblock – revisiting the problem” process. The incubation period(s) definitely helped dissolve “roadblocks” for me. If anything, a little rest helped “rejuvenate” neurons long enough for some rational thought. Honestly, I was amazed at my ability to progress through part 1 of this lab exercise. From that, I was able to create several ideas as well as remember that I have things that I created previously that I can incorporate into this new curriculum. Between utilizing my previously written core objectives, ideas from other sources as to what a curriculum needs to look like, and brainstorming sessions, I feel that this will take shape.

I have learned several important pieces of information from this exercise:

  1. Taking a break can be more productive to idea creation than non-stop, arduous work on a project
  2. Innovation is a team sport. I don’t need to be the sole proprietor of this
  3. I can take what I already own and recycle it
  4. I can take what someone else owns and recycle it for a different purpose.
  5. In relation to points 3 and 4, it doesn’t always have to be “original”
  6. If innovation is important to me, I need to make time for it.
  7. Be prepared to fail, but don’t be scared of it; learn from it.

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