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    Discussion Boards: How Can We Improve Them?

    Posted by sharonb on Apr 1, 2013 3:00:05 AM

    If you teach in a fully online or a hybrid class, you know the Discussion Board, Forum, or Threads, whatever name they go by, are considered the "heart" of the online classroom. At least that's what these vehicles for asynchronous discussions are supposed to be. When used properly, online discussions can be the epicenter of intellectual challenges and interactions between the students and the instructor. Participants can used their higher order thinking skills (HOTS), actively engage in the material, and be pushed to the next level of their career development. Or, in less exhilarating instances, students parrot back material from the text (sometimes not bothering to put in quotes), respond to the minimal number of other students, per the syllabus, and check off another item on their to do list to get through the course.

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    Topics: administration, Author, author, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Case studies

    Going Beyond the Page with Case Studies

    Posted by sharonb on Mar 4, 2013 2:00:06 AM

    Nothing makes an author quite as happy as seeing their book on the shelf, virtual or real, available to the world, at last! Now that our book “baby,” Cases in Health Care Management has been released, inquiring minds want to know how to use the text, in addition to pairing it to Introduction to Health Care Management.  Here are some suggestions for ways to make this book even more useful, engaging, and interactive for your students—and for you as the instructor.

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    Topics: administration, Author, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Case studies

    Interview with Nancy Borkowski, Co-editor of Case Studies in Organizational Theory and Behavior

    Posted by sharonb on Nov 5, 2012 2:00:05 AM

    Over the past two months, I've been writing about the importance of good case studies to engage readers’ higher order thinking skills (HOTS) and that the case study method is an example, par excellence, of problem-based learning (PBL), an educational approach that engages the student and provides opportunities for deeper learning. Sometimes, it can be challenging to find good case studies on a specific topic, much less on that topic in a health care setting.

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Nancy Borkowski, forthcoming, Interview, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Case studies

    This is Your Brain on Fiction: Why Teaching with Case Studies Works

    Posted by sharonb on Sep 4, 2012 3:00:52 AM

    A health care management case study is a short story depicting an organizational scenario which can be non-fiction or fiction. As in all short stories, it should have a beginning, middle, and an end. And it should also engage readers’ higher order thinking skills (HOTS). The case study method is an example, par excellence, of problem-based learning (PBL), an educational approach that engages the student and provides opportunities for deeper learning. The purpose of this blog post is to provide an overview of the HOTs, the attributes of a good case study, the neuroscience of why case studies are effective, and to offer some tips on selecting and writing good case studies.

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    Topics: administration, Author, author, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Problem Based Learning, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Case studies, Higher Order Thinking Skills

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