Wk3 LA 6 Online Teaching and Learning Context

The educational context I want to design for an online teaching and learning experience is appropriate interaction with the autistic population during an emergency visit. In designing an online teaching and learning experience focused on interacting with people living with autism in the emergency department, I will integrate constructivism and connectivism to foster a comprehensive and participant-driven understanding. The course will commence with a compelling introductory video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AemMt3lG4iM) highlighting the necessity of understanding this marginalized population. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their recent encounters with autistic patients, eliciting personal feelings and insights. The constructivist approach will prompt learners to build new knowledge based on their unique understandings. Drawing from the H-CARDD Best Practice Series, including videos like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvFLyOY3Fnc and the toolkit “Improving Emergency Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities,” the course will incorporate content from the Canadian Academy of Health Science, Autism Speaks, The Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and other reputable sources. Emphasis will be placed on various technological aides, sensory-sensitive needs, and communication techniques within acute care settings. The overarching goal is to heighten healthcare providers’ awareness of the unique needs of the autistic population and establish a secure environment for both healthcare providers and patients during emergency visits. The experience will feature interactive questions, pre- and post-learning surveys, and hands-on practice using online ACC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) tools to gauge participants’ understanding and facilitate skill development.


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