Tuesday, November 12. 2013
the ones affected had to be reloaded and redeployed. We also converted
the lecture presentations to a shockwave flash format. Please email
Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org if you any problems with any of them not working properly. Thank you.
Sunday, November 10. 2013
First, Monday, November 11th is Veterans Day. The office is closed,
and most or all instructors will not be available. Next, most of the
PERCOM faculty and much of the staff will be out of the office from the
beginning of the Texas EMS Conference, starting Friday, November 22nd
until after Thanksgiving weekend, Monday, December 2nd. For Christmas,
all faculty and staff are off from the close of business on Friday,
December 20th until Monday, January 6th. It is up to each individual
instructor if they plan to do chat sessions, answer emails, or grade
assignments during the holiday closure. The instructors will post in
the PERCOM Yahoo group and in the MD Forum to let you know their plans
or on this page. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!
these closures PLEASE do not overload our email inboxes. Please wait
until the offices re-open and then business will resume as usual. Thank
Monday, October 28. 2013
On November the fourth, I am scheduled to have surgery on both of my hands, I have been told by the doctor that I should be able to resume normal activities within a couple of days, so I hope to be able to return to answering your e-mails by the Sixth of November, should there be an additional delay I will do my best to keep each of you informed. Also during the month of November the Texas Department of State Health Services has a EMS conference, and I will be attending it, so I will be away from the computer again starting on November 23, the conference runs through Wednesday the 27th, and then Thanksgiving is that same week as well, so it is possible that I may not start grading again until Monday December the 2nd. I thank each of you for your understanding, and I will do my best to keep you informed should there be any changes.
Friday, October 11. 2013
Sunday, June 2. 2013
Vincent Perniciaro, who completed our EMT class, AEMT class and was in the final process of completing his Paramedic class through PERCOM/Kilgore College Consortium, died in his sleep Thursday night. He was only 33 years old and left behind a wife and two small children, ages 4 years old and 9 months old. We ask that you keep this family in your thoughts and prayers and consider donating to the children's scholarship fund as support for their family in this time of great need and grief. PERCOM will be making a school donation but anything you can do individually would help them and be greatly appreciated. The information per his wife Rachel is:
The visitation is Tuesday from 5-7pm at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle, Tx. Vinny will be laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tx on Wednesday at 1:15pm. In lieu of flowers our families have set up an education fund for Ava and Ella. Because he is having a military funeral they are strict on the number of flower arrangements we are allowed at the cemetery.
I have posted the link below.
Friday, December 7. 2012
Tuesday, November 27. 2012
Even though the Cheating/Plagiarism policy is clearly posted in the Student Handbook your received upon enrollment in your Welcome Packet email, we want to reinforce to ALL students that plagiarism IS CHEATING and will NOT BE ALLOWED OR TOLERATED. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to plagiarize is "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source: to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source." Your homework assignments and research exam answers MUST be your own work and in your own words when written in an assignment. It is ok to quote something OCCASIONALLY but only if it is referenced or credited to the proper source, and a series of copy and paste statements to answer a question will also not be accepted even if they are credited properly. Effective immediately, if an instructor is able to verify or prove within a reasonable doubt that a student didn't do his/her own work and/or plagiarized from another (whether a literary source or a fellow student), he/she will be dropped from the program for cheating and a report filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services as per the policy in the Student Handbook.
We are very sorry we have to post this and realize that MOST students in our program are professionals who do their own work because they want to become solid, honest and responsible EMS professionals and because it is morally and ethically the right thing to do your own work. But apparently not everyone thinks that way so this post has become necessary as a reminder. Thank you to all of you out there in our program who work so hard to achieve even though being in an online course requires so much more of you than sitting in a classroom and being spoonfed by the instructor. YOU will be the ones out there who will be the most competent and solid professionals caring for our public.
Thursday, September 6. 2012
We are having trouble with students who either aren't meeting their mandatory participation requirements or they are submitting things to their instructor or participating in chat rooms but there is no way for administration to track that the students are participating because they are not logging into their courses. Effective immediately, roll call will be managed each week by a mandatory log into the course. If you are not planning on doing any work in the course that week or you have downloaded material to work on that doesn't require that you log in, do it anyway. Just log in and log out, and it will make an entry in the tracker portion of the program to indicate the date and time you logged in and out. This is JUST LIKE SHOWING UP FOR CLASS. If we are doing a roster date or deadline check and note that you have not logged in in over a week, you will receive one warning for missing class. If you do not reply by the stated deadline OR you continue to "miss class", you may be dropped from the program without further notice. This is just like sitting in class at a college, folks. If you miss classes, you are dropped. The difference is that YOU choose when to show up for your PERCOM class each week, and that is ok. Please understand this is a MANDATORY issue.
Also, each of you received a course access email that states how long you have from that date to complete the course. You need to figure out from that email what your deadline is and if you are getting close to that deadline and cannot complete due to personal problems or issues, you may be allowed one extension as long as you are in good standing in the course (have been making progress toward completion and meeting the mandatory participation requirements). You must email Jane at email@example.com to request an extension ONE TIME but you will need to state a specific "reasonable" date by which you WILL be done with the course and you will be held to that date. Thank you.
Thursday, June 28. 2012
Here is a wonderful link that should help you all grasp the basics of what constitutes Learning Domains. It would benefit you all greatly to review this material as a supplement to what you are learning in the course and will help you understand how to write good lesson plans and knowledge objectives.
Saturday, January 21. 2012
There seems to be much confusion on the final project and what should be included in the project. You will need to do a one hour presentation/lecture that is videotaped. You should include all of the documents that were used in the presentation including a student evaluation of your class, after teaching the class you should view the video and write your on evaluation on your performance, all documents should be in a electronic format. You will need a skills video in which you teach the skill to a student and then the student performs that skill and your evaluation of their performance. Before sending the projects in you should complete the final exam and the course evaluation form and include them in a electronic format as well. ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN A ELECTRONIC FORMAT. When you have all of the electronic documents and videos ready mail them to me at:
159 Cresthill Circle
Valley Mills, Texas 76689
After mailing please send me a e-mail so I will know to watch for your packet and I will notify you that I have received it with a return e-mail.
Wednesday, January 18. 2012
Tuesday, November 8. 2011
You should mail the DVD/CD of your final work projects, final exam, etc to your instructor at the following address:
159 Cresthill Circle
Valley Mills Texas 76689
Please do NOT mail them to the PERCOM office as mentioned inside your course and do NOT send them fedex. We do recommend priority mail or some method with tracking but preferably NOT return signature, as sometimes no one is present at that address to sign. Thank you.
Wednesday, September 21. 2011
Please welcome Mr. Kenneth Harris as your new EMS Instructor course Lead Instructor. PERCOM has been BOOMING lately, so the duties of the Program Director, Mrs. Dinsmore, have expanded greatly. This has unfortunately created delays in answering and grading emails from the Instructor students. So we have hired a new seasoned educator to fill this role so that you, as students, can receive more timely service. It will not change our normal grading and response policy as posted in the "Welcome Page" inside your course. However, it should help avoid any unnecessary delays and may help speed things up for you.
Mr. Harris has been an educator and EMS Coordinator for many years. He just retired from Navarro College as their EMS Program Director. He is very knowledgeable and interesting as well as a fine educator. I think you will all enjoy him. Please send him an email to welcome him to the program. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to get the correct address from him to mail your course completion packets directly to him.
All outstanding emails and homework assignments have been forwarded on to his mailbox but please give him a few days to plow through it and catch it all up for any of you who have been waiting a few extra days. Thank you all for your patience.