Ground-breaking nursing e-learning tool receives international innovation award
“This is the first time an Australian eLearning strategy has received an award in the mobile learning category, and the first time an Australian University has received an IELA award, so we’re very excited,” Ms Tarrant says.
Piloted in the Department of Nursing this year, iiNurse is an interactive app-based e-book designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, considered a common challenge in higher education and especially in the teaching of health sciences. The learning tool aims to improve the assessment and management of body temperature in patients through a range of immersive features including games, original podcasts, case studies, flashcards, animations and discussion boards.
With over 98 per cent of nursing students having a device capable of running the Apple iOS-built app, the resource has now been made available to students across the Department of Nursing from entry-to-practice students enrolled in the Master of Nursing Science, to registered nurses undertaking postgraduate study.
The purpose-built e-learning tool has been made available at no cost to ensure all students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of temperature in the context of patient care in areas as diverse as palliative care, paediatrics, neonatal intensive care, emergency medicine and mental health.
Following the successful pilot-program this year, the tool will be rolled out across the Department of Nursing in 2017 and included in the welcome packs of all incoming Master of Nursing Science students, so their campus-based learning is linked with practice in clinical environments from the very beginning.
Hear more about iiNurse from University of Melbourne Department of Nursing Science lecturer Bronwyn Tarrant: