New Course Development

HCTM is in the process of creating new courses  and are planning to submit the following the Bellevue College Curriculum Committee:
  • ​Electronic Health Records – this will come after students finish HCTM 310. I’m looking at a text that is in Books 24/7 as one of the required texts. I think there might be material in this text that will be useful in 430 and 440.
  • Healthcare Informatics Research Methods – I’m not sure this one will make it – Gita Bangera, our Dean of Research, and I have talked about this. I think it’d be awesome and would certainly prepare students for grad school, if that’s where they want to go. I think it might also help them when they get to the analytics courses.
  • Health Information Seeking – this would be a prerequisite for Laura’s Health and Information Literacy course. Students would learn how to look for, find, and evaluate information from a variety of sources. Then when they get to Health and Information Literacy, they would focus on fine tuning their search skills and then using the information to meet some health information need based on the audience’s health literacy
  • ​Human-Computer Interactions in Healthcare – This would focus on usability and design.
We are also looking at the IT courses that are required for students with a healthcare background, particularly the networking class. That has consistently not been a favorite with students.

HCTM Resource Page

Did you know that the HCTM E-Learning Manager (that’s me)  is available to help you create custom tutorials for your course? Provide the E-Learning Manager with a subject and outline and we’ll work with you to develop an online tutorial or simulation.

You can make a request at the HCTM Resource Page. The area hosts tutorials and resources for use in your HCTM online courses. It has also has links to outside tools and information that should be helpful to your teaching. I’m very excited to work with you in developing content for you and your students!

Go to the Resource Site:



Evernote is a new online tool for taking notes. You can store your notes on an external server (“the cloud”) and access these notes from any computer or mobile device. You can also add images, videos and audio to your notes. The notes you create can also be shared with anyone you email. The notes can be shared in such a way that other users can also collaborate and notes along with you. Evernote provides great ways to organize notes. You can create a free account with Evernote at:

A nice tutorial with some tips on using Evernote:

Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Closed Captions

Something to be aware of when developing your own video content: According to a February 12, 2015 article in the NY Times Harvard and M.I. T. were sued over lack of closed captions in the educational videos they used.  This is something for us to keep in mind as educators as we develop our own learning material. According to the article:

Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed federal lawsuits against Harvardand M.I.T., saying both universities violated antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts and other educational materials.

“Much of Harvard’s online content is either not captioned or is inaccurately or unintelligibly captioned, making it inaccessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing,

Link to the entire article at NY Times:

Padlet Video Tutorials

Padlet is essentially an online bulletin board that makes it easy for instructors and students to share content.  You can take a look at Padlet at

Below are two tutorials developed by the HCTM program at Bellevue College.  Part 1 showcases some of Padlets abilities and Part 2 gives a demonstration for creating a Padlet page and embedding it to your Canvas course. Enjoy!

Enjoy using Padlet at and you can also poke around an open wall that the HCTM program has set up at:


HCTM Incomplete Grade Contract

Download a copy of the HCTM Incomplete Grade Form here:
Incomplete Contract (pdf)

If you are with another Bellevue College program check with your Division and they can provide you with a similar contract appropriate for your class.

What is an Incomplete Grade?
A student who has performed at a passing level during the quarter but is unable to complete the course requirements may receive an Incomplete (“I”) grade when requested by the student and approved by the instructor (this request must occur during the term in which the “I” grade is being considered; once a course grade has been issued, an “I” grade option cannot be exercised).

An “I” grade is appropriate when the student:

  • has already completed a majority of work for the course (as determined by the instructor)
  • is unable to finish the remaining coursework by the end of the quarter due to extenuating
    circumstances, AND
  • is able to complete the coursework with no additional instruction or in-class attendance.
    The student and instructor must complete and sign an Incomplete Grade Contract which delineates remaining work to be completed.


Turnitin with Canvas

Turnitin is an external tool that helps educators evaluate the authenticity and quality of submitted papers. Essentially its main function is to return a percentage value for the content in a paper that is used from an outside resource. In order to utilize Turnit in:

1. Create a new Assignment in your course Assignment area.


2. Add a name, due date, and point value as you normally would for any assignment.




3. In the Assignment type window you will want to select file upload or text entry. You may select both options. In addition you want to select Enable Turnitin Submissions.



4. When a student uploads a Word document, or enters text directly into the assignment submission area it will be verified with the Turnitin service. You can see how this work by going into Student View yourself and uploading a text file to test it.

5. It can take a few minutes for Turnitin to analyze a student’s submission. The image below shows a completed analysis by Turnitin. According to Turnitin the submission contains 97% of its content directly for other sources. Notice that it also shows the url for the sources in the right hand column.


6. If you are submitting a test assignment from your own student view then you will want to give Turnitin 30 minutes to process the paper. It is analyzing the submission against millions of other resources and this may take some time to complete. Also, Turnitin stresses that it is not searching for plagiarism. It is just showing how much information is used from outside resources. Depending on how the student has cited their sources and quoted the original material, a high percentage may still be acceptable for submission.

7. A Youtube tutorial that I found useful for integrating Turnitin with Canvas:

Copying a Canvas Course Site

Several faculty have asked about importing and exporting an entire course in Canvas. If you have a new Canvas site you can populate it with the content from a previously published course with just the press of a few buttons.

Step 1: Go to the original Canvas course, which you are going to be copying from, and select “Settings” in the left menu bar.

 Step 2:  You should see a page similar to the example image below. In the right hand menu select “Export Course Content” button.


Step 3: On the next page choose the type of content to export. If you want to export all the content in a course (images, pages, assignments, quizzes, etc…) then select “course”. If you want to export only the Quizzes then select “Quiz”.


Step 4: Canvas will download the entire course content in the form of an imscc file. You don’t need to be concerned about how to use the file or what the extension means. Simply download the file to your computer, re-upload it to your new Canvas site, and Canvas will do all the work for you .

Note: it may take a few minutes, or even up to 20 minutes, to download the file. This depends on your Internet connection speed and the size of your Canvas course.


Step 5: Go to your new Canvas course. Choose “settings” in the left hand menu bar.  Select “Import Content…” from the right hand menu.

Step 6:  Select “Content Type” and choose Canvas Course Export Package.  Upload the imscc file that you downloaded from the previous Canvas course. It will take a little bit of time for Canvas to un-archive the imscc file. After a few minutes your old course content will be copied. You should see all the modules and pages that were in the old course site.