Teaching With Television and Movies: Effortless Ways to Inspire and Motivate Students

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Teaching with Television and Movies
Effortless ways to inspire and motivate students
Learner Background
Learners will be over 20 years of age+
Learners will be beginning nursing students or seasoned professionals.
Learners will have never worked in nursing before or be seasoned professionals.
Course Content: Palliative Care
The course will cover three main aspects of palliative care:
The concepts of dying, loss and grief (uic.edu, 2007)
Palliative management of pain and frequent signs and manifestations of discomfort during end of life care (uic.edu, 2007).
"Socio-cultural and Ethical Issues in Palliative Care" (uic.edu, 2007).
Benefits of Using Film and Television
Students tend to enjoy watching films regardless.
Films spark the imagination of students
Films help students visualize concepts they wouldn't ordinarily be able to picture with ease.
Films can make hard to recall subjects and concepts easily memorable.
Instructional Methods
Present concept to the class: such as "methods of supporting a patient's spiritual identity during palliative care" or "how to alleviate depression during end of life care"
Present main points under this concept; initiate discussion with all students.
Showcase scene from a film or television show that demonstrates this concept.
Face to Face Instructional Method: Pros and Cons
Pros: More social interaction; more traditional (learners are used to it); teachers can command the attention of students more effectively and

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