This article evaluates the use of PowerPoint presentations and recorded narrations (developed and saved as Flash content using software called Articulate Presenter) as a tool to help postgraduate nursing students taking a pharmacology course to learn key pharmacological and pharmacotherapeutic concepts. Students found that the teaching objects, provided as additional resources to assist students in learning about difficult concepts, supported them in their learning. Additionally, students reported that while they appreciated the provision of the teaching objects, the objects lacked an interactive component and did not replace interaction with the teacher. Articulate Presenter, as a tool to create a recorded narration, was easy for the teacher to use and promoted teacher independence in the creation of teaching objects.
Author Affiliations: School of Nursing (Ms Lim and Dr Honey) and Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Learning Technology Unit (Dr Doherty), The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Reprinted from Lim AG, Doherty I, Honey MLL. Creating teaching objects: a case study of delivering recorded narrations in nursing education. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011;29(2):115-120.
Corresponding author: Michelle LL. Honey, PhD, RN, FCNA(NZ), School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92-019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand (firstname.lastname@example.org).