Praktik is an interactive, rich media digital learning tool created for college students in Nursing and Health Sciences programs. A series of modules will provide interactive content complementary to the subjects being taught in classes, as a means of supplementing the practical learning components of the curriculum.
The Blood Pressure module is the first module designed and developed for Praktik, and contained a number of interactive elements. Broken into three chapters and a review quiz, this module will aid students in learning to read and measure blood pressure. The first chapter is introductory, defining and illustrating the anatomy and physiology behind blood pressure using 3D renderings and videos. Later chapters guide the student through the process and best practices of physically executing a proper blood pressure reading. These chapters use interactive elements like real-time simulations where students must properly place a cuff along a 3D arm, as well as simulations where students will learn to pump and deflate a cuff at the proper rate using their keyboards or touch screens. These simulations, along with their accompanying audio and visual clues, will prepare students for a final interactive “test”, where they are prompted to measure and record dynamically simulated diastolic and systolic blood pressures and given feedback on their results. Students are given unlimited opportunity to practice the process of taking blood pressure with new diastolic and systolic pressures being generated randomly, within a realistic range, on every new attempt. Each module will also have a review quiz providing students with an additional self-evaluation tool that will test them on the concepts learned in all the chapters. These interactive and more traditional evaluation methods will provide students with a powerful, fully integrated digital learning tool.
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