Nursing students practice 'active learning' on iWall

April 26, 2018

Image with caption: Jiosajandy Garcia-Reyna and Brigette Ixta-Perea, UNMC College of Nursing Omaha Division, demonstrate the iWall for a Board of Regents' visit last week with Richard Reinard and Mackenzie Bowker, nursing students in the West Nebraska Division in Scottsbluff.

Jiosajandy Garcia-Reyna and Brigette Ixta-Perea, UNMC College of Nursing Omaha Division, demonstrate the iWall for a Board of Regents' visit last week with Richard Reinard and Mackenzie Bowker, nursing students in the West Nebraska Division in Scottsbluff.

Active learning is a way to engage students more with the information they're learning. More than 100 nursing students in Omaha and Scottsbluff engaged with each other recently via the iWall to replace traditional lecture-style content delivery for the day.

UNMC nursing faculty and the iEXCEL staff created a multi-sensory, active learning exercise for the students to develop an effective plan of care for a simulated pediatric patient with diabetes.

The students, separated by 450 miles, presented responses to 18 questions via iWall postings including images of expected symptoms, video clips, and nursing interventions such as medication math calculations, syringe images for correct dosage, and body images for insulin administration sites.

"As educators continue to foster active learning strategies, the technological resources we offer to our students at UNMC are truly state-of-the-art," said Missy Ofe Fleck, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UNMC College of Nursing. "Early adoption of innovative learning modalities is exciting, and such an added benefit for our students and ultimately, our patients. The iWall technology gives faculty and students alike another dynamic means of interacting and learning content."

She said students liked working with the new technology as it provided a change from sitting in the classroom and increased their recall of information.

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