Body Positioning is a site that educates users on the various positions used for medical procedures. The site is also interactive and keeps users engaged in the material. The users get the opportunity to test their knowledge by choosing the correct position after viewing an image of a position.
Type of Material:
The site is an interactive tutorial that helps users learn about the body positions used for medical procedures.
This material is best used to introduce the body positions before they are covered in class or as a review of the terms in preparation for an exam or other type of assessment.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This tutorial will help students visually identify and name ten body positions commonly used in medical procedures. Students will also be able to indicate the reasons each position might be used.
Target Student Population:
High School, College General Ed, Nursing
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students should be familiar with basic anatomical terms, including "recumbent," "supine," and "prone."
The information is accurate and provides a good basic background about the material
The material is presented in a matching/quiz-like format, which is an appropriate way to learn the terms and concepts being covered. It is essentially an opportunity for retreival practice.
Interactivity keeps users interested in the material
Quality of graphics provides enough detail for this level of understanding
Not all programs and textbooks use the same terminology to describe body positions. For example, some programs use the term "horizontal recumbent," which is not used in this tutorial.
The tutorial only covers ten positions; depending on the field and course, familiarity with more or different positions may be required.
There are no written descriptions of the positions; in some cases students may not be clear on the specific configuration associated with the body position being depicted visually.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The tutorial begins with an introduction to the terms and concepts, and progresses to multiple options for students to retrieve the information and practice their new vocabulary. Retreival practice has been shown to increase retention
The blend of text and images makes the material interesting
The images shown are colorful and engaging
Material is presented in such a way that it can be used in lecture
This item may be less effective as a teaching tool as it is somewhat dated (see below) and may not cover the positions required by specific courses or programs.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The instructions to begin and move through this activity are clear and intuitive.
Students are able to click forwards and backwards through the tutorial, allowing an opportunity to review the concepts and terms if needed.
The site is in good working order.
The tutorial is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, making it easy for other instructors to use and build upon the material.
Because there are no written descriptions of the images of body positions, and becaues these are a central piece of the tutorial, this material is likely not accessible to those using screen readers or who have trouble interpreting the images shown.
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