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Conduct an educational technology needs assessment for your current workplace setting or another health care setting you are familiar with and interested in. Document the results of your needs assessment in a 3–5-page report.

Note: Each assessment in this course builds upon the work you have completed in previous assessments. Therefore, complete the assessments in the order in which they are presented.

Assessment Instructions

Note: Complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.

PREPARATION

Workplace Setting and Educational Context

You may choose your current workplace setting or another health care setting you are familiar with and interested in as the context for this assessment and all subsequent assessments. Also, in your selected setting, choose the educational context within which the technology is being used:

  • Academic.
  • Clinical (on the job).
  • Continuing professional education.

As you work through each assessment in this course, imagine yourself as the director of nursing education or fulfilling a similar role in your organization. In your capacity as director, you are aware that several organizational training initiatives and ongoing educational programs have not met expectations. You suspect that part of the reason for this can be attributed to the ineffective use of existing educational technologies, and in some cases, the lack of appropriate tools and technology. Consequently, you have decided to conduct a needs assessment to determine what changes in existing technologies, or their use, you might propose to executive leaders that would have a positive impact on current nursing processes, staff performance, and patient outcomes.

To prepare for the assessment, you are encouraged to reflect on how educational technologies, such as simulation equipment, e-learning, and remote communication technologies, are used to support nursing education or training programs you are familiar with. Then, consider the effectiveness of these technologies and whether new or upgraded technologies, or changes in current use, might help close performance gaps and improve patient outcomes. In addition, you may wish to review the assessment requirements and scoring guide to ensure you understand the work you will be asked to complete.

Note: Remember that you can submit all, or a portion of, your draft needs assessment to Smarthinking Tutoring for feedback, before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24–48 hours for receiving feedback.

REQUIREMENTS

Conduct an educational technology needs assessment.

Note: If you have not already done so, complete the Vila Health: Educational Technology Needs Assessment challenge, linked in the Required Resources.

The needs assessment requirements, outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

  • Describe how nurses are currently using educational technology within the setting and educational context you have chosen for this assessment.
    • What information is lacking that would provide you with a more complete or accurate description of current usage?
    • Is your description based on any particular assumptions?
  • Compare the current state of educational technology use with the desired state (best practices in nursing education).
    • Choose any analysis methodology that you are familiar with and comfortable using. For example:
      • Gap analysis.
      • SWOT or TOWS analysis.
      • Appreciative inquiry (discover and dream steps).
    • Address the following:
      • What, if any, changes are needed in how nurses currently use the existing technology?
      • Is there a need for a new technology solution?
      • On what do you base your conclusions?
  • Assess the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use.
    • Are the metrics sufficient for the intended purpose?
    • What are the best practices that could help improve the quality, interpretation, and use of the data?
  • Explain how new or existing educational technology aligns with the strategic mission of the organization.
    • If needed, locate a public statement of the organization’s mission.
  • Recommend changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology, that will improve nursing education.
    • How will your recommendations result in improvements in nursing education?
    • What evidence do you have to support your conclusions and recommendations?
  • Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
    • Is your supporting evidence clear and explicit?
      • How or why does particular evidence support a claim?
      • Will your reader see the connection?
    • Did you summarize, paraphrase, and quote your sources appropriately?
  • Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
    • Write with a specific purpose and audience in mind.
    • Adhere to scholarly and disciplinary writing standards and APA formatting requirements.
Document Format and Length

Format your needs assessment using current APA style.

  • Use the APA Style Paper Template, linked in the Required Resources. An APA Style Paper Tutorial is also provided (linked in the Suggested Resources) to help you in writing and formatting your needs assessment. Be sure to include:
    • A title page and references page. An abstract is not required.
    • A running head on all pages.
    • Appropriate section headings.
  • Your needs assessment should be 3–5 pages in length, not including the title page and references page.

SUPPORTING EVIDENCE

Cite at least three credible sources from peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications to support your needs assessment.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Proofread your needs assessment, before you submit it, to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your assessment.

Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save your needs assessment to your ePortfolio.

Resources

REQUIRED RESOURCES

The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

Templates

Use this template for your needs assessment.

Media
  • Vila Health: Educational Technology Needs Assessment.
    • Vila Health is a virtual environment that simulates a real-world health care system. In the various Vila Health challenges, you will apply professional strategies, practice skills, and build competencies that you can apply to your coursework and in your career. The information you gather in this challenge will help you to complete the assessment.

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SUGGESTED RESOURCES

Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis

The following resources provide useful insight into the process of assessing needs and analyzing performance gaps that will inform your thinking about changes in existing technologies, or their use, that you might propose to executive leaders that would have a positive impact on current nursing processes, staff performance, and patient outcomes:

Media

The following interactive exercises will help you with the assessment, if you elect to take a SWOT or TOWS approach to comparing the current state of educational technology use with the desired state:

Scholarly Writing and APA Style

Use the following resources to improve your writing skills and find answers to specific questions:

18/2020 Transcript Print Credits SWOT ANALYSIS INTERNAL Strengths A company’s strengths are its resources and capabilities that can be used as a basis for developing a competitive advantage. Examples of such strengths include: Customized payroll system that handles non-union and union payrolls. New processes (orientation, order processing, accounts payable, ITIL, and so on) with tracked metrics. Robust college recruiting program to ensure full complement of teams. Good reputation among customers. Cost advantages for proprietary know-how. Favorable access to distribution networks. Weaknesses The absence of certain strengths may be viewed as a weakness. For example, each of the following may be considered weaknesses: Limited resources for college relations. No metrics to measure effectiveness of programs. Poor reputation among customers. High cost structure. Lack of access to the best natural resources. Lack of access to key distribution channels. EXTERNAL https://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/MHA5026/SWOT_Analysis/transcript.asp 1/2 3/18/2020 Transcript Opportunities The external environment analysis may reveal certain new opportunities for profit and growth. Some examples of such opportunities include: Get smart about competitor activities on college campuses. Conduct site visits to companies to learn about their outsourcing successes. An unfulfilled customer need. Arrival of new technologies. Loosening of regulations.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
Threats Changes in the external environment also may present threats to the firm. Some examples of such threats include: Competing companies that can close offers quickly with the few technology interns and new hires. Technology that outdates a newly implemented web portal for job applicants. New regulations. CREDITS Project Management: David Balthazor Subject Matter Expert: Cameron Nelson Interactive Design: Claire Larkins Instructional Design: Judi Gronseth Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. https://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/MHA5026/SWOT_Analysis/transcript.asp 2/2 3/18/2020 Transcript Pr in t C redits TOWS ANALYSIS IN ACTION: Going Beyond the SWOT Analysis INTRODUCTION The General Purchasing Department in your state has identified a challenge in contracting with nonprofits to provide state services. Specifically, nonprofits lack the knowledge base about what the state needs in terms of information when they submit a bid package. The state would like to support the nonprofits in its boundaries and would like to encourage more to bid on the many service and product contracts it has. To be proactive and employ some process improvements to the bidding process, the Department wants to employ a combination of training sessions and social networking to reach out to potential bidder nonprofit organizations. In a meeting to brainstorm approaches and methods to contact nonprofits, the team developed a SWOT analysis of internal and external factors that impact any strategies they will develop.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
They then translate the SWOT into a TOWS analysis and identify some adaptive strategies they can use to turn their idea of nonprofit outreach into a reality. SWOT Analysis Strengths Weaknesses Staff is eager to try new strategies. None of the staff are users of social networking or smart phone technology. The services offered are very positive and easy to sell. The department is seriously short staffed. The department’s computers/software were upgraded earlier this year. Very little money is available for new advertising. Some managers in the organization view social media as trivial. Opportunities https://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/DPA8416/TOWS/transcript.html Threats 1/3 3/18/2020 Transcript Strengths Weaknesses Local college wants a service learning program with local government. Funding for the agency is dependent on the state budget. Local non-profits have significant presence in the community. Other agencies compete for space and presence on the state website. The state government has a robust website.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
TOWS Analysis (S) Strengths (W) Weaknesses 1. Staff is eager to try new strategies. 1. None of the staff are users of social networking or smart phone technology. 2. The services offered are very positive and easy to sell. 2. The department is seriously short staffed. 3. The department’s computers/software were upgraded earlier this year. 3. Some managers in the organization view social media as trivial. 4.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
Very little money available for new advertising. (O) Opportunities (SO) Strategies (WO) Strategies 1. Local college wants a service learning program with local government. Work with the local college to design and implement web-based training accessible by computer or smart phone technology, linked to the state website. Partner with the local college to use this as a joint development project for students and Department staff. 2. Local non-profits have significant presence in the community. Post messages about training on facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites that cater to nonprofits. Have department staff work alongside the developers to learn the technology. 3. The state government has a robust website. (W) Threats https://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/DPA8416/TOWS/transcript.html (ST) Strategies (WT) Strategies 2/3 3/18/2020Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
Transcript (S) Strengths (W) Weaknesses 1. Funding for the agency is dependent on the state budget. Identify technology grants to use to fund training development. Ask department staff to self-select into this development process to encourage those interested in learning more. 2. Other agencies compete for space and presence on the state website. Identify technology students who could use this as a school project. Charge a small fee on training to make the program self-supporting. CREDITS Subject Matter Expert: George Franks Interactive Design: Kerry Hanson Instructional Designer: Megan Eskola Project Manager: Stefani Pequin Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Technology Needs Nursing Assessmenthttps://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/DPA8416/TOWS/transcript.html 3/3 3/13/2020 Vila Health: Educational Technology Needs Assessment Scoring Guide Vila Health: Educational Technology Needs Assessment Scoring GuideTechnology Needs Nursing Assessment
CRITERIA NONPERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED Describe how nurses are currently using educational technology within a particular setting and educational context. Does not describe how nurses are currently using educational technology within a particular setting and educational context. Provides an unclear or cursory description of how nurses are currently using educational technology within a particular setting and educational context. Describes how nurses are currently using educational technology within a particular setting and educational context. Describes how nurses are currently using educational technology within a particular setting and educational context. Provides a concise, perceptive description, and identifies applicable uncertainties or additional information needed for a more definitive or comprehensive description. Compare the current state of educational technology use in an organization with the desired state. Does not describe the current state of educational technology use in an organization with the desired state. Describes the current state of educational technology use in an organization with the desired state. Compares the current state of educational technology use in an organization with the desired state. Compares the current state of educational technology use in an organization with the desired state.
Draws well-informed conclusions based on an insightful analysis of current usage and best practices. Assess the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use. Does not identify the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use. Identifies the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use. Assesses the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use. Assesses the metrics used to determine the benefits of current educational technology use. Provides clear justification for conclusions about the efficacy of the data and recommendations for enhancing its quality, interpretation, and use.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
Explain how new or existing educational technology for assessing and tracking learning progress aligns with the strategic mission of an organization. Does not explain Explains how new or existing how new or educational technology can be existing used in the organization. educational technology can be used in the organization. Explains how new or existing educational technology for assessing and tracking learning progress aligns with the strategic mission of an organization. Explains how new or existing educational technology aligns with the strategic mission of an organization. Presents an articulate and convincing argument for how technology furthers the organization’s strategic mission.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
Recommend changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology, that will improve nursing education. Does not recommend changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology. Recommends changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology, that will improve nursing education. Recommends changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology, that will improve nursing education. Provides actionable recommendations based on a comprehensive and accurate needs assessment and clear alignment with specific outcomes. Recommends changes to existing educational technology, or current use of the technology. https://courserooma.capella.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/MSN-FP/MSN-Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
FP6109/191000/Scoring_Guides/a01_scoring_guide.html 1/2 3/13/2020 CRITERIA Vila Health: Educational Technology Needs Assessment Scoring Guide NONPERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence. Does not supports assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence. Provides sources that lack relevance or credibility, or the evidence is not persuasive or explicitly supportive of assertions, arguments, propositions or conclusions. Supports assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
Supports assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant, credible, and convincing evidence. Skillfully combines errorfree source citations with a perceptive and coherent synthesis of the evidence. Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style. Does not write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style. Writes in a manner that lacks clarity or conciseness, is loosely structured, or includes errors in grammar, mechanics, or APA formatting that inhibit effective communication or detract from good scholarship. Writes clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style. Writes clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style; ensures the main points, ideas, arguments, or propositions are well developed and engaging; and adheres to all applicable disciplinary and scholarly writing standards and conventions, including error-free APA formatting. https://courserooma.capella.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/MSN-FP/MSN-FP6109/191000/Scoring_Guides/a01_scoring_guide.html 2/2Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
Running head: APA STYLE PAPER TEMPLATE 1 The instructional and sample text in this template is informational. After reading the information, please delete it, and use the document as a template for your own paper. To keep the correct format, edit the running head, cover page, headings, and reference list with your own information, and add your own body text. Save this template in a file for future use and information. The running head is an abbreviated title of the paper. The running head is located at the top of pages of a manuscript or published article to identify the article for readers. The running head should be a maximum of 50 characters, counting letters, punctuation, and spaces between words. The words “Running head” are on the cover page but not on the rest of the document. The running head title is all capital letters. Page 1 begins on the cover page. The entire document should be double-spaced, have 1-inch margins on all sides, and use 12 point Times New Roman font. Full Title of Paper Learner’s Full Name Course Title Assignment Title Capella University Month, Year APA STYLE PAPER TEMPLATE 2 Abstract (As this section is optional, check with your instructor.) An abstract is a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of a paper. It allows readers to quickly review the key elements of a paper without having to read the entire document. This can be helpful for readers who are searching for specific information and may be reviewing many documents. The abstract may be one of the most important paragraphs in a paper because readers often decide if they will read the document based on information in the abstract. An abstract may not be required in some academic papers; however, it can still be an effective method of gaining the reader’s attention. For example, an abstract will not be required for Capella’s first course, PSYC3002. The following sentences serve as an example of what could be composed as an abstract for this paper: The basic elements of APA style will be reviewed, including formatting of an APA style paper, in-text citations, and a reference list. Additional information will address the components of an introduction, how to write effective paragraphs using the MEAL plan, and elements of a summary and conclusion section of a paper. APA STYLE PAPER TEMPLATE 3 APA Style Paper Template: A Resource for Academic Writing Please change the titles in this document to fit your paper. APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. APA style is used when writing papers in the psychology programs offered at Capella University. This document serves as an APA style template for learners to use when writing their own papers, as well as a resource containing valuable information that can be used when writing academic papers. For more information on APA style, learners can refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010a).Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
The author demonstrates in the first section of this paper how an introduction effectively introduces the reader to the topic of the paper. In APA style, an introduction never gets a heading. For example, this section did not begin with a heading titled “Introduction,” similar to the following section, which is titled “Writing an Effective Introduction.” The following section will explain in greater detail a model that can be used to effectively write an introduction in an academic paper. The remaining sections of the paper will continue to address APA style and effective writing concepts including section headings, organizing information, the MEAL plan, the conclusion, and the reference list. Writing an Effective Introduction An effective introduction often consists of four main components including (a) the position statement, thesis, or hypothesis, which describes the author’s main position; (b) the purpose, which outlines the objective of the paper; (c) the background, which is general information that is needed to understand the content of the paper; and (d) the approach, which is the process or methodology the author uses to achieve the purpose of the paper. This information APA STYLE PAPER TEMPLATE 4 will help readers understand what will be discussed in the paper. It can also serve as a tool to grab the reader’s attention. Authors may choose to briefly reference sources that will be identified later on in the paper as in this example (American Psychological Association, 2010a; American Psychological Association, 2010b; Walker, 2008). In an introduction, the writer will often present something of interest to capture the reader’s attention and introduce the issue. Adding an obvious statement of purpose helps the reader know what to expect, while helping the writer to focus and stay on task. For example, this paper will address several components necessary to effectively write an academic paper including (a) how to write an introduction, (b) how to write effective paragraphs using the MEAL plan, and (c) how to properly use APA style
. Level One Section Heading is Centered, Bold, Uppercase and Lowercase Using section headings can be an effective method of organizing an academic paper. The section headings should not be confused with the running head, which is a different concept described in the cover page of this document. Section headings are not required according to APA style; however, they can significantly improve the quality of a paper. This is accomplished because section headings help both the reader and the author. Level Two Section Heading is Flush Left, Bold, Uppercase and Lowercase The heading style recommended by APA consists of five levels (American Psychological Association, 2010a, p. 62). This document contains two levels to demonstrate how headings are structured according to APA style. Immediately before the previous paragraph, a Level 1 heading was used. That section heading describes how a Level 1 heading should be written, which is centered, bold, and using uppercase and lowercase letters. For another example, see the section heading “Writing an Effective Introduction” on page 3 of this document.Technology Needs Nursing Assessment
The heading is APA STYLE PAPER TEMPLATE 5 centered, bold, and uses uppercase and lowercase letters (compared to all uppercase in the running head at the top of each page). If used properly, section headings can significantly contribute to the quality of a paper by helping the reader who wants to understand the information in the document, and the author who desires to effectively describe the information in the document. Section Headings Help the Reader Section headings serve multiple purposes including (a) helping readers understand what is being addressed in each section, (b) breaking up text to help readers maintain an interest in the paper, and (c) helping readers choose what they want to read. For example, if the reader of this document wants to learn more about writing an effective introduction, the previous section heading clearly states that is where information can be found. When subtopics are needed to explain concepts in greater detail, different levels of headings are used according to APA style. Section Headings Help the Author Section headings do not only help the reader, they help the author organize the document during the writing process. Section headings can be used to arrange topics in a logical order, and they can help an author manage the length of the paper. In addition to an effective introduction and the use of section headings, each paragraph of an academic paper can be written in a manner that helps the reader stay engaged. Capella University promotes the use of the MEAL plan to serve this purpose. The MEAL Plan The MEAL plan is a model used by Capella University to help learners effectively compose academic discussions and papers. Each component of the MEAL plan is critical to writing an effective paragraph. The acronym MEAL is based on four components of a paragraph APA STYLE PAPER TEMPLATE 6 (M = Main point, E = Evidence or Example, A = Analysis, and L = Link). The following section includes a detailed description and examples of each component of the MEAL plan. When writing the content sections of an academic paper (as opposed to the introduction or conclusion sections), the MEAL plan ca …Technology Needs Nursing Assessment