This site offers a series of 6 interactive screens that quiz students who are studying emphysema. The screens are a type of quiz about the best physical positions for patients with this disease. The learner is able to receive immediate feedback in response to their answers. The learning resource was developed by St. Petersburg College.
The goal for the site appears to be to reinforce the concept that patients with emphysema have a distinctive body position that they use to enhance their breathing.
Target Student Population:
When this site is used, students would have to have some knowledge of the disease, its implications for breathing, and a need to recognized these patients needs to avoid compromising their breathing by positoning them incorrectly. It would be very useful to nursing students, nursing assistant students, or anyone who routinely deals with this population of patients.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic knowledge of basic components of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology processes.
Type of Material:
The screens are relatively simple with images, text and navigation to the next screen.
This would be a fine illustration to use with a class to reinforce the concept. It could also be used as a short pre-quiz or classroom discussion prelude.
The user need to have a high speed Internet connection and Flash enabled web browser.
Evaluation and Observation
Ease of use and straight-forward questions with clear drawings of patient positions to illustrate the question. It is easy to use and a creative method of assessing content. Content is accurate.
The concept is included in every lecture on emphysema. It is only one small component of care and I would question the use of this site rather than just including an explanation of the position and its meaning and implications. Because this subject matter is more extensive, a longer more detailed test to cover more of the content regarding COPD would be helpful.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Good images and good information.Effective method of determining if the concept of COPD patient positioning is understood by the student.
The potential effectiveness relates to the learning goals. It reinforces one simple, but important concept.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site would be easy to use as part of the emphysema content lecture. Directions using "next" button and "click the best answer" are clear and understandable. Easy to navigate.
There may be other materials available that offer more information with the same effort.
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a good idea that can be developed to a greater degree with other topics or expansion of this topic.