Category Archives: Smart Objects

Advanced Health Assessment: The Jigsaw Puzzle

Students progress through Advanced Health Assessment using the metaphor of constructing a jigsaw puzzle. The metaphor is two-fold, as it also represents constructing a full patient assessment.

Using team navigation the students receive a new puzzle piece with the successful completion of each module. The series of team enrollments is begun with a pre-course discussion. Upon completion of the discussion they are enrolled in the first puzzle piece team. There after each module contains a crossword puzzle that enrolls them in the next puzzle piece portal, and so on.

Each puzzle piece links to the jigsaw puzzle where they see a new piece added as each module is completed. In addition a new active link appears, taking them to the next module of course material. This provides visual reinforcement of their progression through the material and it is thematic to the achievement of getting the big picture in evaluating clients holistically (body, mind, spirit).

Gender Health Nursing Case Studies

In Gender Health Nursing, students produce unique, individual case studies for their peers using a random case study generator (see below).  The conditions are selected randomly and blindly, resulting in a unique set of conditions for their individual case studies. Students use these conditions to write detailed case studies for both a male and a female patient (applying the same conditions to each gender). The generator has an infinite number of combinations so no two students cases are similar.  The results are displayed immediately and continually. This virtual activity was created to replicate a face-to- face classroom activity in which students role dice to get randomly assigned conditions for their case study.

Caribbean Virtual Tours

The Caribbean History and Culture course offers panoramic virtual tours of specific regions of the Caribbean.  These interactive panoramas allow students to move their view around a 360-degree plane, pan the area, and zoom in or out to visually examine Caribbean cityscapes and flora.  

A full-screen option also offers web links to regional information about the natural environments that shape the culture of the Caribbean.

 (click the red button to start and the “fullscreen” option for tour options)

Animating Physics: Kinetic Energy

wind-energyThis course, Energy: the Issues and the Science, includes an overview of the physics of energy. A number of animations are created to graphically illustrate some of the scientific concepts of physics, many of which students might feel are abstract. Concrete explanations of potential, kinetic, and rotational energy are provided via graphic animations, with the goal of increasing students’ understanding of each concept and establishing relationships between course concepts. Upon starting each animation, the student hears narration that accompanies the action of the graphic. The animations can be viewed as many times as the student deems necessary.

Energy: Interactive Chemical Bonds

glucose_jmolEnergy: The Issues and the Science is a course that includes a focus on chemical bond energy and how it is contained in various molecules or fuels. Jmol is a molecular visualization program that is widely used both in chemistry education and macromolecule research.

In this example, students can rotate and zoom in on the glucose molecule to illustrate how glucose is the building block from which cellulose is created. The concept of bond energy is also highlighted in the unit on biology, which discusses the role of glucose and cellulose in plants and how the energy in these molecules can be released for our use. Students simply right-click on the image to get the Jmol menu, which includes the commands needed to rotate and zoom these images.

The Physics of Energy: Virtual Circuits

virtual_circuitThis course uses interactive simulations from the Physics Education Technology program (PhET) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. These simulations were designed with a high degree of accuracy to replicate bench laboratory work. The simulations start with basic electrical concepts and increase in complexity and realism as the module progresses.

Students build a basic understanding of circuits using the PhET online materials. Discussion questions, which are designed to require synthesis and analysis, follow.

Advanced Nursing Physiology Image Map

The image map in Advanced Nursing Physiology provides non-linear, individualized navigation. Students are able to play to their strengths, interests, and scheduling needs by navigating uniquely within a large portion of the course.


A full body high quality image of an anatomical male was used for the image map.

Advanced Nursing Physiology

– A full-body, high quality, anatomical model serves as a portal (image map) to various body systems.

Multimedia Timeline

Fashion in US History explores the interrelation between fashion and historical events from approximately 1850 to the present. The interactive timeline (shown below) plots various moments in history as well as developments and trends in fashion, allowing students to interpret historical information and incorporate it into their discussions and course activities. The use of web links, video clips, images, and content pages encourages students to revisit the timeline as part of their course work.

Click on the boxes to expand and explore the links.

Human Resources Management: Interactive Course Catalog

This easy-to-use, interactive resource provides teaching and mentoring faculty with tools and ideas when advising students who may be interested in taking a specific human resource management study and want to know more about what may be covered. This interactive course catalog will help in the development of independent studies and/or specific HR competency degree plans.