If You’ve Used YouTube, Try Films on Demand

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Kelly Burke, Librarian, speaks to Instructors about Films on Demand

Kelly Burke, Librarian, speaks to Instructors about Film on Demand

On January 15, 2014 SIAST Instructors had the opportunity to learn about the live streaming video service that SIAST subscribes to, “Films on Demand”.¬† Instructors brainstormed where they access video materials now: YouTube, Google, Khan Academy, Textbook Publisher Sites, Self-made videos, Library, National Film Board and the Saskatoon Public Library.

Instructors explore Films on Demand

Instructors explore Films on Demand


Kelly Burke, Digital and Web Services Librarian, showed how to access the SIAST Library Home Page and then to go to Program Guides. From here you can either scroll down the list until you come to Films on Demand or you can use the Alphabet List and go to F and find Films on Demand. View this quick sheet for instructions. View this Quick Guide for easy instructions.

Listen to the podcast.Kelly Burke Podcast on Films on Demand

Exam Statistics: What do all those m/c exam statistics mean?

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Nancy Anweiler speaks to SIAST Instructors

Nancy Anweiler speaks to SIAST Instructors

On February 5, 2014 Nancy Anweiler, Instructor, Practical Nursing discussed exam statistics with SIAST instructors. She said it was important to create a tool that best measures student knowledge and that the tool measure what you need it to measure: that is you don’t want an exam that is too easy that everyone is going to pass or an exam that is too difficult.

Looking at the Exam Statistics

Looking at the Exam Statistics


There are two statistics that are looked at: Point Biserial and P Value. The P Value stands for the percent correct or in other words how many students answered the question correctly. You may want to look at the questions where less than 50% of your students answered correctly. It is also important to note whether or not you have one correct answer and three plausible answers. If students are not picking a distractor it may be an indication that it is not a plausible answer. The Point Biserial is used to discriminate between the top 15 % of the class and the bottom 15 % of the class according to the Bell Curve. A Point Biserial of 0.2 is a good question as it discriminates between high and low performers. If you have a negative Point Biserial it might mean that the question doesn’t discriminate as everyone answered the question correctly. Look at the question to see if it is testing necessary knowledge. Questions that have a Point Biserial that is less that 0.2 need to be reviewed: Check the P Value, question wording and distractors before considering removing from the exam.

The other the statistic you may look at is the Kuder-Richardson which is used to measure the reliability of the exam. The reliability number ranges between 0.00 to 1.00 and that you would want a reliability of at least 0.7 .

You can listen to the podcast of this session.Nancy Anweiler podcast

A Proactive Approach towards Addictions and Mental Illness

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On March 27th, SIAST instructors had the opportunity to hear Allan Kehler, Author of Stepping out from the Shadows: A guide to Understanding and Healing from Addictions, speak. Alan pointed out that if you have lived in an environment of addictions you quickly learn: Don’t talk, Don’t feel and Don’t trust. He used a story about a boy to illustrate this point. Allan pointed out that we must remember that there is a good person inside even those that are dealing with addictions and that anger to anger creates more anger. We must treat anger with compassion.

Who am I?

Who am I?

Alan also talked about the three signs of being addicted: Waking up and thinking about it first thing in the morning; Using it to build your confidence (Taking a drink to go to a social event.) and Using it alone. Some of the signs of addiction include: physical deteriation; blood-shot eyes; decrease in attendance or performance at work and self-injurious behaviours. Really people who have addictions are trying to escape the painful reality of life. He uses the exercise Who am I? to have individuals be able to outline what is important to them : Want, Need, Like, Love, Dislike, Wish, Fear and Am.

Open a Door

Open a Door


It is important that we reach out to people and be available to listen. We need to be able to tell individuals that we are available and then be available if they stop by to talk. It is important to stop what you are doing and listen because they have taken the important first step. The session ended with Five Commitments: “Know your students not just as students, but as people; Understand behaviors may not be symptoms of laziness, but a side effect of an imbalanced home: Create trust and safety so that they feel comfortable talking without fear of judgment; Offer an invitation that you are available and genuinely interested to hear about their challenges and Be aware of available resources.
Listen to the podcast here
Alan Kehler’s Podcast