This learning material consists of 2 videos highlighting a research study that explores the role that hope plays for persons with dementia and cancer and their caregivers. The very abstract concept of “hope” is presented to using a theater model. “Hope” is specifically in reference to family caregivers for people with dementias and is presented as a powerful and supportive tool.
The learning goals are not specifically stated. The implied learning goals are that after completed the case studies the learner should be able to:
*State ways of moving from despair to hope using participatory theater in a small group setting.
*Describe the role of hope for the family caregiver.
Target Student Population:
The target student population includes social workers, counselors, family therapists, nurses, psychology and medical students. It would be best for advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
It would be necessary to have some concept of the difficulties of family caregiving for people with dementia. It also would be necessary for the learner to have an idea of how the use of theater as a means of support and help to these family member caregivers is possible.
Type of Material:
The learning resource is classified as video case studies.
This material absolutely addresses the Institute of medicine (IOM) report recommendations and the Quality and Safety Ecucation for Nurses (QSEN) recommendations. It introduces the concept of patient-centered care in a meaningful way.
The technical requirements are a computer with high speed Internet access, speakers, and Windows Media Player.
Evaluation and Observation
Meaningful and powerful way of imparting on the learner what a patient with cancer or dementia and his/her family are going through. The content is riveting and the quality of the video is outstanding so that it captures and holds the learner's attention.
Hope is such an abstract concept that it is difficult to really completely cover it. It would be best used within appropriate context.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
It is very nicely presented. An abstract concept being explored in an artful way was presented in a very efficient manner. A connection (a bridge) was made between despair and hope, and how hope is possible if you know how to cope. Very powerful.
Learning objectives would be helpful. Learners would need to have some background to understand the challenges that family caregivers face to be able to understand the power of hope.Assignments would be a little bit challenging as this is focused on an abstract concept that is experienced in a situation that can’t be easily imagined without having some personal experience of some sort.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to navigate and view. The site is straight-forward and intuitive. no instructions are given, but there is a link to the Windows Media Player download if needed.
The learning resource are formatted as video and thus not interactive. The users has to scroll to find the videos.
Other Issues and Comments:
Very poignant presentation of the concept of hope and innovative methods to increase hope in family caregivers as they care for themselves so that they can provide care to their loved ones with dementia.