This learning object defines and describes strategies to create patient education materials that can be read at or below the 8th grade level. Examples of well-written patient education materials are provided for examination and instruction. Instructions for improving readability and clarity are provided. It is possible to skip ahead in the tutorial. Tips for page layout and graphics are provided. A two-question true or false quiz assesses the learner’s understanding of the material. A printable summary of the writing tips is provided at the end of the activity.
Type of Material:
This learning material can be classified as an assessment tool, drill and practice, a learning object repository, and a tutorial.
The learning material is flexible. For example, it can be incorporated into lecture content, as a learning module, for in class work, homework, and for continuing education.
The user needs a computer with Internet access. Flash, Java Script and cookies must be enabled. Unzip program is needed to open and extract downloaded files. Windows XP may block downloads from the site.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The objectives stated in the learning object are that the learner will be able to:
Identify design principles and writing tips for creating educational materials for the public
Determine the reading levels of sample brochures; and
Evaluate educational material for readability design and writing mistakes
Target Student Population:
The target student population includes nursing students, nurses, and nurse educators.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The prerequisite knowledge includes advanced composition skills, background knowledge for developing patient education materials, experience in evaluating education materials.
The learning material:
Is clear and concise
Provides a complete demonstration of the concept
Demonstrates a core concept grounded in the discipline
Is current and relevant
Is supported by appropriate research
Is self-contained (can be used without requiring an
assignment or context)
Provides accurate information
Is flexible (can be used in several situations)
Includes an adequate amount of material
Summarizes the concept well
Integrates the concept well
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Learning objectives are clearly stated at the beginning of the activity
Learning concepts are identified and supported as the activity progresses
Easy to insert into a learning management system or present in class
The addition of more true/false questions would improve the material.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The learning object has clear instructions
Can proceed through activity without having to engage in each activity
The font is too small on some pages
No sound is available for auditory learners or the visually impaired
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