For most semesters, my classes were at least 75 minutes and sometimes even longer. I often incorporated media and in-class activities to both break up the lecture and to allow opportunity to apply and reflect on what was being covered. For me, including some of this content within a recorded or narrated asynchronous lecture make it too long and somewhat cumbersome. Thus, I set up reflection "quizzes” in my LMS (D2L – Brightspace) to follow (or could be adapted as pre-lecture reflections) viewing of the recorded lecture for each chapter. I set them up as credit for completion and primarily written response answers. Quite a few of the questions and links to articles or videos were part of my face-to-face class. These are intended as a way to apply or reflect upon lecture content rather than a graded assessment per se (I assign Learning Curve and Summative quizzes in Launchpad for that purpose). Students have commented that they actually enjoy these reflection quizzes - and I note some decide to complete them before the lecture. And I've actually enjoyed coming up with ideas and writing these. Please find attached the questions I've developed thus far for Chapters 1, 4, 5 and 6. Feel free to use or adapt them if interested! Per request, I’d be happy to share some of the student responses to some of the questions – been amazed at their insightful and often lengthy answers to some of the questions!
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A previous research article reported poorer outcomes for ICU patients, particularly the elderly, who were vitamin D deficient. A new study now reports that being vitamin D deficient appears to increase risk of getting COVID and impact how severe the case of COVID might be. The indication for supplementation has many considerations, individual dietary adequacy being one of them. See my earlier post about who might be at risk for sub optimal vitamin D status and might warrant supplementation, but also consider that it is difficult for any of us to obtain sufficient vitamin D through food and diet alone. Personally, I take a vitamin D supplement of 2,000 IU several times per week. And as many of us enter fall and winter months, we might not be getting much regular sun exposure - recall vitamin D can be synthesized by exposure of your skin to UV light, but we all still need dietary sources. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2020/09/03/Vitamin-D-deficiency-raises-COVID-19-infection-risk-by-77-study-finds/7001599139929/
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