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KPC administrators find creative ways to teach

Posted: November 3, 2013 - 6:55pm  |  Updated: November 4, 2013 - 9:55am

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It’s time for current and prospective Kenai Peninsula College students to begin planning for next semester. Pre-planning helps students ensure they are on the right track to reach their goals in the shortest, most economical time frame possible. Students who have not met with an advisor are strongly urged to do so prior to registering. Students are encouraged to take at least 15 credits each semester to earn associate’s degrees in two years and bachelor’s degree in four..

The draft spring 2014 schedule is accessible from the homepage of the KPC website. The schedule is searchable in a variety of ways so that students can filter results. Students should check the schedule for changes before registering at UAOnline, the University of Alaska portal, from the KPC homepage.

Registration is made available to students in a staggered, tier system so students further in their degree programs have first access to courses they need to graduate. This system gives currently admitted, degree-seeking students with senior status access to registration at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 11, juniors on Nov. 12, sophomores on Nov. 13, freshmen on Nov. 14 and pending, degree-seeking students on Nov. 19. Public registration opens at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 25.

For more information about the registration process, or to schedule an advising session, contact Student Services at 262-0330 or toll free at 877-262-0330.

Paramedic 'Jeopardy' makes learning fun and reveals teaching moments

Leave it to Paul Perry, KRC assistant professor and paramedic coordinator, to find a way to teach students that both challenges and engages them. Perry is a self-proclaimed technology geek who uses technology-based learning tools to help his students master the complexities of the rigorous paramedic technology curriculum.

Perry kicked off the ‘Paramedic Quiz Show: Advanced Airway Management’ by handing out handheld remotes to the 12 students in the room. He explained that any smart phone or IPad could be used with the Bravo software he uses to administer his educational game show.

“Anywhere there’s Internet access, the software can utilize various smart devices. I can set a number of variables in the game, such as the amount of time allowed for each question. For longer, more complex questions, I allow 90 seconds to buzz in. The software is very flexible and can have up to 10 teams, with as many of 10 players on each team, or platoon, as we call them,” Perry said.

With Perry at the helm of his computer, he kicked off the game and a typical Jeopardy game board came on the smartboard (a large monitor hanging on the wall that displays what the instructor is seeing on their computer). Different categories of questions appeared and within those categories, questions were weighted with different values, e.g. an Airway for 100 question was less complex than Airway for 500.

Each platoon had three students, allowing for collaboration to come up with the correct answer. “When I see a large divide among the class in their answers, it indicates to me that they need help in that area. I also get a report of each teams’ responses that I use when putting reviews together prior to testing. I can tailor my teaching to better meet the students’ needs and focus on the areas they need help, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s fun for everyone,” Perry said.

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