Developing Authentic Multimedia Learning Experiences for Online Classes

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM


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Developing Authentic Multimedia Learning Experiences for Online Classes is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


Authentic learning activities can generate and sustain excitement in the online classroom because they make students feel like they are already practicing their professions and solving real life problems. In this interactive session we will describe how we created a continuing multimedia case study to demonstrate the complexity of caring for older adult patients and enable students to practice their new nursing skills in a safe environment.

The case study is rolled out to students one episode a week throughout an entire semester. Multimedia elements enable students to observe their patient in different situations and settings and make appropriate clinical decisions.

Join us in this session to see examples of case study elements, review case study data on its effectiveness, and discuss student and faculty perspectives. We are convinced that this instructional approach can be applied in many disciplines in face-to-face, online, or hybrid courses.


Recommended Resource

Polyakova-Norwood, V., Heiney, S. P., & DeGregory, C. (2019). Using a continuing multimedia case study to develop critical thinking and empathy. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(3), 169-172.


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Sue P. Heiney
Dunn-Shealy Professor of Nursing
Co-Director, Cancer Survivorship Center
College of Nursing

Sue Heiney has 30 years of clinical nursing experience in caring for adult and pediatric patients. She is an internationally recognized lecturer on psychosocial care of cancer patients and families. She came to UofSC College of Nursing 10 years ago as a cancer researcher and has been teaching online for the past 3 years. She is excited to share her experience learning a new teaching modality and mastering new technologies. She is co-author of the paper on using a continuing multimedia case study to develop critical thinking and empathy in nursing education with Vera Polyakova-Norwood.

Vera Polyakova-Norwood
Director of Distributed Learning
College of Nursing

Vera Polyakova-Norwood has thirty years of experience in designing, teaching and managing various types of distance education courses and programs. As director of distributed learning at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing, she assists faculty with design, development, implementation and evaluation of online courses, modules and activities. In the past five years, the online graduate nursing program at the University of South Carolina has been consistently ranked within the top 10 in the nation. Polyakova-Norwood presented at multiple local, national and international distance learning conferences and led numerous workshops on technology-based teaching and learning.