Interactive Case Study

Online SP Training Scenarios for Remote Learning

Online SP Training Scenarios
for Remote Learning

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Remote learning has been a growing component of advanced nursing education, but it became vital as the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to transition to 100% online teaching for the foreseeable future. Online learning experiences attempt to replicate as closely as possible in-person experiences, but usually fall short of accurately replicating the human element, including body language, facial expressions and verbal cues. With that in mind, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing—a leader in online education—created, implemented and now licenses award-winning, research-based Interactive Case Studies (ICS) for advanced-practice nursing education, which replicate in-person simulation opportunities using standardized patients (SP) and allow for learner reflection, understanding the rationale behind each decision and role-modeling of proper behaviors for communication and physical assessment.

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Kolb's Cycle of Learning as the Foundation

What Makes Interactive Case Study So Innovative?

Improved Patient Interviewing Skills

Ask questions and compare them to an expert’s; listen to a patient’s response; learn what questions to ask and why.

Nurture Physical Assessment Techniques

Decide which physical assessments to perform; watch an expert assess the patient; learn the audible and silent signs to address.

Familiarize Students with Laboratory Testing

Examine factors that contribute to testing; determine which laboratory tests to conduct; learn why certain tests are not necessary.

Interpret Differential Diagnoses

Compile and synthesize gathered information; determine top possible differential diagnoses; compare diagnoses with an expert’s.

Measure Learning Through Reflection

Assess confidence as a provider before and after; journal thoughts throughout the process; determine rationale for all decisions.

Interactive Case Study Scenarios - Progress from Simple to Complex


  • ICS 1: Ear infection (8 year-old boy)
  • ICS 2: Strep throat (3 year-old toddler)
  • ICS 3: Fifths disease (12 year-old boy)
  • ICS 4: Diabetes Mellitus 1 (5 year-old girl)
  • ICS 5: Genetic heart disorder (6 month-old infant)


  • ICS 6: Asthma (40 year-old male)
  • ICS 7: Urinary tract infection (25 year-old female)
  • ICS 8: Diabetes Mellitus 2 (30 year-old male)
  • ICS 9: Heart failure (55 year-old male)
  • ICS 10: Myocardial infarction (48 year-old female)


  • ICS 11: Constipation (70 year-old female)
  • ICS 12: Depression (65 year-old male)
  • ICS 13: COPD (70- year-old male)
  • ICS 14: Stroke (67 year-old male)
  • ICS 15: Hip fracture/dementia (73 year-old female)

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Meeting the Challenge of Creating Experiential Learning for Students at a Distance

Join Dr. Colella for this Interactive Case Study (ICS), describing how she solved the problem of creating experiential learning for her remote students. The need to transform a previous face-to-face course to a distant learning format led Dr. Colella into the world of technology. She put together an interdisciplinary team of instructional design and information technology to insure that student learning at a distance provided an experience comparable to that of on-site students. 

Meet Christine Colella

Interactive Case Study Author

  • Christine Colella is an award-winning nurse educator of more than 30 years. She currently serves as professor and executive director of graduate programs for the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. In 2017, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and has received numerous other accolades for her work, including:

    • University of Cincinnati Provost’s Oustanding Teaching Award (2017)
    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (2016)
    • University of Cincinnati Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching Award (2015)

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