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case study, distance education, educational technology, instructional technology, nursing education



  1. McDaniel, Jodi PhD, RN
  2. Tornwall, Joni MEd, RN


The challenge to educate increasing numbers of nursing students at all levels in both online and in-class environments calls for innovative instructional strategies that may include technology-based assignments to help students apply knowledge to clinical situations. This article describes a case study assignment created for a graduate-level pathophysiology course that required students to create digitally enhanced patient stories. Nursing students enrolled in the online and in-class sections of the course worked together using commonly available learning technology tools to create content that bridged pathophysiology concepts and clinical practice.