• Developing Digital Stories to Accommodate Multiple Learning Styles in a Healthcare Environment

      Bushinger, Erin (2012-04-01)
      This project looks at why digital storytelling may be an appropriate learning tool for hospital nurses and if so, how to best develop digital stories to support caregivers’ multiple intelligences. For this project, I developed two digital stories – one from a patient perspective and one from a caregiver perspective. It is through these stories and feedback from nursing staff at a nonprofit hospital in Upstate New York that I was able to learn if the stories I created positively impacted nursing staff by educating them on important topics in patient care and safety. I also use cognitive learning theory to determine where the strengths and weaknesses of digital storytelling lie. This study tested the assertion, supported by related literature, that digital stories are excellent learning tools because they accommodate people’s different learning styles, and this may affect teaching techniques. In healthcare, a world where evidence-based practices are critical, digital stories are being promoted and used to teach nurses valuable lessons that can’t be taught by statistics or research findings (Haigh & Hardy, 2011). Through this study, I was able to recommend to the hospital that they should in fact use digital storytelling as an educational tool. I recommended that they do this using the following methods: hold a digital storytelling contest with nursing staff, use digital stories produced by hospital staff during new employee orientation, use digital stories as educational tools during hospital in-services and education days, gather before and after stories from nursing staff to see if behaviors changed based on the digital story they watched, investigate the benefits and opportunities for reflection and transformational learning provided by the digital storytelling process, and use digital stories as educational tools on certain nursing units while providing other nursing units with written stories to see if digital stories changed behaviors more than written stories.
    • Mobile technologies aide cancer patients in rural areas with digital medicine to seek a second opinion

      Wurz, Stacy L (2015-12)
      This mobile application provides cancer patients in rural areas the ability to seek a second opinion from more experienced physicians based on the criteria they input. According to the N.Y. Times there are over 100,000 medical mobile applications, (Krisch, pg. 1) however none that are listed provide a second opinion. Through research and by observing the needs of cancer patients in rural areas, the need for mobile Internet technology is great as rural areas lack connectivity of high-speed PC-based Internet access to access proper medical needs. This application breaks the digital divide by introducing a mobile platform to seek more experienced physicians who can offer a second opinion. It has been designed on a platform of a hierarchy of needs which guides the user through menus situated in two areas of the application. The design features an aesthetic light blue warm hue, which is inviting to the user. Once the user registers for the application, they are free to engage with others through a forum and ultimately design and implement their own health-care plan.