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    4 Scenarios and Tips for Managing Conflict in Online Learning

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Oct 10, 2017 10:41:00 AM

    By Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD
    Author of Introduction to Health Care Management, 3rd Edition

    Teaching online is convenient and access is fast. However, that same convenience and speed of access can also create unwanted conflicts that might not occur in a face to face classroom. This month, I am going to follow up on my November post about Diversity and Online Learning with some conflict scenarios that revolve around diversity. These are not for students, however, they are for faculty who teach online. I have categorized the conflicts by Student/Student, Student/Faculty, and the dreaded Group Project. Sample solutions are at the end.


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    Topics: Health Administration, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Reducing the Angst of Group Projects

    Posted by Sophie Teague on May 9, 2017 12:44:47 PM

    By Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD
    Author of Introduction to Health Care Management, 3rd Edition

    Does any of this sound familiar?

    “I hate group projects! This is a waste of my time!”
    “Why can’t you just give us individual assignments?”
    “Suzy was lazy and didn’t pull her weight!”
    “Johnny didn’t get his work in on time!”
    “No one could agree on a plan. It was a nightmare!”
    “Jane was bossy and wouldn’t listen to anyone else’s ideas.”
    “I had to do all the work. No one followed my instructions!”

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    Topics: allied health, Author, health administration, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    5 Classroom Assignments That Revive the Art of Letter Writing

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Apr 14, 2017 2:05:27 PM

    By Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD
    Author of Introduction to Health Care Management, 3rd Edition

    Once upon a time, before computers, Internet, email, and texting, there was something known as the “letter.” This ancient form of communication provided people who did not live near one another the opportunity to share news and feelings. When I was a child <cough, cough> a hundred years ago, I had a pen pal. We sent letters back and forth, each trying to outdo the other with our creativity. Now those letters and postage stamps have been replaced with OMG! ROFL! TTYL! and unlimited data plans for all household members with opposable thumbs.

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    Topics: Epidemiology, flipped classroom, health policy, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Public health management, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Classroom Assignments, Public Administration

    8 Student Assignments to Help You Navigate Politics in the Classroom

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Feb 18, 2017 7:53:19 AM

    By Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD
    Author of Introduction to Health Care Management, 3rd Edition

    As we roll into the second month of a new administration in Washington, D.C., many of our previously held beliefs are being challenged on all levels. Therefore, it should come as no surprise when these politics and the accompanying feelings flow into our classrooms and discussion boards. How can we as healthcare management educators help our students to process these events and emotions?

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    Topics: ACA, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Classroom Assignments, Trump Administration

    Diversity and Online Learning

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Nov 9, 2016 9:50:07 AM

    by Sharon B. Buchbinder, RN, PhD

    Diversity and inclusion are two words we are incorporating in our face to face teaching at all levels of higher education. From the early concepts of race and ethnicity, dimensions of diversity have blossomed into a myriad of identifiers—and self-identifiers. The following list of dimensions of diversity is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to be a conversation starter.

    • Culture of Origin: Race/Ethnicity/Language(s)
    • Gender: Roles/Sexual Orientation
    • Age: Decade/Generation/Generational Touchstones
    • Learning Styles: Visual/Auditory/Kinesthetic
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    Topics: health administration, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Re-Emerging Outbreaks: Ebola, Measles, Now Zika! What’s Next?

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Oct 21, 2016 9:48:45 AM

    Join Sharon Buchbinder and Nancy Shanks in this free webinar on Thursday Oct 21 at 1 pm EDT as they examine re-emerging outbreaks from the perspective of health care managers and administrators including:

    • The rise of vaccine-preventable outbreaks and the impact of anti-vaccination claims
    • Specific outbreaks including Ebola, Measles and Zika
    • How hospitals and health care providers should prepare

    This webinar was recorded and can be viewed here.

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    Topics: Global health, health administration, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Vaccinations and Health Care Managers

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Oct 10, 2016 1:51:09 PM

    With the Zika virus pushing now vaccine preventable Ebola virus off the center stage in world health, it is easy to forget old diseases and debates. Vaccinations created by man, not by natural disease processes, have historically engendered controversy. According to Link (2005, p. 38), "vaccines are counterintuitive. What sense does it make to inject a well baby with a potent, biologically active vaccine that contains elements of the very disease it is supposed to prevent?"

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Webinar, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, webinar, vaccinations, zika

    Wanted: Public Health Workers!

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Aug 17, 2016 3:02:52 PM

    Much has been written in the popular press about the looming shortage of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals (Corwin, 2015; Grant, 2016; Mishoe, 2004). Comparatively little ink, however, has been used to discuss the looming shortage of public health workers. Why? I would venture to guess that much like housework and lawn mowing, unless it is not done, few note when it is done. The workers, like the labor involved, are invisible—until there is a disaster or the mess is on the Mayor’s front porch, as it was in the nine-day long New York City garbage strike of 1968 and the seventeen-day long strike of 1981.

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Health Administration, Public Health, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Sharon Buchbinder

    The Syllabus: The Program Building Block

    Posted by sharonb on Nov 8, 2015 10:56:01 AM

    As undergraduate and graduate healthcare management education programs move to a competency based framework for curricula, one of a program’s hurdles is assessment of student achievement of those competencies. The basis for this assessment begins in the very building block of our curricula, the syllabus, which many faculty (and some lawyers) call “our contract with the student.” To that end our syllabi should be specific to the course topic, but also address the rest of the program and how this particular course fits into the bigger picture of the competency framework.

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, syllabi, alignment, competency based education, outcomes

    What is This Thing Called Competency Based Education?

    Posted by sharonb on Oct 5, 2015 1:00:24 AM

    The buzz in health care management education is all competencies, all the time. Your program, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, must be anchored in a competency based framework. The framework selected must be based on your program’s mission, vision, and values, your target students and the outcomes, i.e., where do you expect these students to go. Every meeting you attend will touch upon competencies and the dreaded assessments. Some may ask, “Why the big push?” Others may say, “What was wrong with the old fashioned way?”

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    Topics: Author, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, competency based education

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