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ASCILITE Live! webinar “Batman – the online clinical classroom”

1 July @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST

9am Singapore/Hong Kong | 1pm Auckland | Other time zones

During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, physical distancing and lock-down requirements created significant challenges for tertiary education and disciplines, such as nursing, typically taught face-to-face with the inclusion of skill-based clinical teaching. Our challenge was to pivot rapidly nursing clinical skills to an engaging, online course that supported the development of clinical skill and social group dynamics. With the help of Batman, nursing lab learning pivoted online by demonstrating clinical skills in and enabling students to simultaneously practice in their own environments. Our goal was relevant and enjoyable learning that would prepare students for clinical placements later in the semester.

This webinar will showcase how we leveraged existing course resources, staff knowledge, accessible technology, and the superhero Batman to create a non-threatening and enjoyable online learning community for 183 first-year nursing students. We will discuss how we taught professionally congruent, nursing clinical assessment skills by scaffolding students’ engagement in the online classroom using the Activity-Centered Analysis and Design Framework. We will share how our experience with Batman continues to influence our teaching and open the discussion on the importance of positioning the student to ‘practice’ within an ecology of elements in online learning environments.


Marla S Burrow is a lecturer in School of Nursing at Massey University’s Palmerston North Campus. Her current research focus is on clinical information cultures and decision making. Recent publications focus on holistic and supportive approaches to online learning, interprofessional education and information cultures in aged care.

Camille Manning is an educator in the School of Nursing at Massey University’s Manawatu Campus. Camille’s background includes Intensive Care, flight nursing and tertiary education. Her current teaching focus is in the first year of both the Undergraduate and Graduate Entry to Nursing programmes. She has a particular interest in the application of clinical skills in the simulation suite and designing synchronous online learning of traditionally classroom-based learning.

Shelley van der Krogt is an educator in the School of Nursing at Massey University’s Wellington Campus. Shelley has a varied nursing background including surgical, emergency, and primary health care nursing, and now tertiary education. She is currently involved in teaching in the Undergraduate and Graduate Entry to Nursing programmes. Her passion lies in communication and the value of humour in nursing practice.

Jenny Green is an award-winning educator with extensive tertiary and clinical teaching experience. Jenny’s background includes perioperative nursing, hybrid learning course development, and lecturing in the School of Nursing, Massey University (Auckland). Jenny’s research interests are in hybrid learning design; team-based learning; cooperative inquiry; inter-professional learning; simulation; and clinical teaching. Recent publications include: Green, J.K., Burrow, M.S. & Carvalho, L. (2020). Designing for transition: Supporting teachers and students cope with emergency remote education. Postdigital Science and Education, 2, 906-922.

Session login: ASCILITE meeting room


1 July
11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST


Blackboard Collaborate
Brisbane, QLD 5000 Australia


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