(PODCAST): Helping FlexPath grads cross the finish line: A conversation with FlexPath coach, Stephanie Luetgers

May 5, 2015

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I was lucky to have the opportunity to speak with FlexPath coach Stephanie Luetgers on today’s podcast. As you may remember, the Education Matters podcast kicked off with a series on our FlexPath graduates. Several of them mentioned one person by name – Stephanie. Stephanie is a critical part of the FlexPath team here at Capella.

I had a great time talking with Stephanie about supporting learners in the FlexPath program, who she thinks is a good candidate for the FlexPath program, and advice for FlexPath learners on how to overcome common challenges of the program. She also tells me a bit about her Australian Rules football team! Here’s a link to the podcast.

Thanks to Stephanie for the support and encouragement she provides our FlexPath learners, and for taking the time to talk to me.

Transcript here.

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#iAMaNURSE in a Social Media World

May 1, 2015

Today’s guest post is from Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC–OB, director of nursing at Capella University.

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This afternoon, I had the exciting opportunity to moderate a Google Hangout panel hosted by Capella and the ANA Leadership Institute titled “#iAMaNURSE in a Social Media World.” Joining me on the expert panel was Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN (@thenerdynurse), Katie Duke, RN MSN, A GA CNP-BC (@thekatieduke), Kati Kleber, RN, BSN (@NurseEyeRoll) and Lee Aase (@LeeAase & @MayoSMHN). It was a thoughtful and engaging discussion – we covered such impactful social media do’s and don’ts tailored to the world of health care.

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I encourage you to watch to the hangout here (it also qualifies for one FREE CE hour!) I’ve included a couple highlights below.

Importance of a social media policy

Lee Aase from Mayo Clinic shared his organization’s social media policy with us. He talked about how important it is for every employee to be aware of the policy and reference it often. And if your employer does not have a social media policy – encourage them to pull one together, even volunteer to help create it!

Tweet happy – be a positive representation of nursing

There’s so much negativity in the cyberspace, and nursing sometimes can be a thankless occupation. It’s so easy to head to the Internet to complain – but try to resist. The nurses on the panel today are all great examples of positive nurse role models – they stay positive and strive to be a positive representation of the profession.

Benefits of social media for nurses and their careers, along with do’s and don’ts

Community and networking – Social media is a great way to connect with other nurses to exchange motivation, support and advice.

Advance your personal brand and career – Social media gives you a way to establish yourself as a subject matter expert and your own online brand.

Learn about different areas of nursing – it’s easy in our profession to get siloed in our specific areas. Social media gives a great way for a glimpse into what other nurses specialize in – bringing our profession closer together.

Stop and think – you never want to post something that violates HIPPA or your employer’s social media policy, or anything that reflects negatively on the nursing profession. In a way, you’re tweeting for all nurses!

I feel so lucky to have met these amazing nurses and health care social media experts! We received a ton of great feedback on the hangout – one nurse tweeted us and said it was very inspiring to now be connected to nurses all over the country with a common mindset and interest in using social media to boost their knowledge and careers. Check out the entire hangout here, and let me know what you think on Twitter @ChristyCapellaU. Follow the conversation on Twitter #iAMaNURSE.

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(PODCAST) Get to know Dean Beth Koenig, JD.

April 29, 2015

My most recent podcast is with Beth Koenig, JD, the new School of Public Service Leadership dean.

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We had a great conversation about her background, what brought her to Capella, and our shared home state, Nebraska. I hope to have her back again soon for a conversation about the direction of the School of Public Service Leadership and her vision for the future. Stay tuned and first, get to know Beth a little better here.

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(PODCAST) Under the Hood; FlexPath Assessments and Curriculum Design with Dr. Jeff Grann

April 15, 2015

In today’s podcast, I speak with Dr. Jeff Grann, Academic Director of Assessment and Learning Analytics at Capella. We had a different kind of conversation about FlexPath; more of a behind-the-scenes look at how we developed Capella’s direct assessment program and how that fits in with the national conversation.

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We discuss curriculum design at Capella, the unique ways that we measure outcomes, and the competency map, in particular suggestions for how learners can leverage it for employment. Jeff also talks about where he thinks competency-based education is going in the next few years. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

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Star Tribune feature: “Capella aims to accelerate education”

April 13, 2015

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Capella was featured in a column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday. The article speaks to Capella’s position as an innovative leader within higher education, and explores FlexPath, which “certainly looks like the kind of innovation that could go a long way toward addressing the perennial complaints that higher ed takes far too long and costs too much.” You can read the full article here.

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