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Vol. 62, No. 3

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TWISTED FABLES BRING ONLINE COURSE ALIVE

Most people probably don't know that Goldilocks was an avid quantitative analyst who ate broth and tofu, not porridge, before falling asleep on Baby Bear's bed.

At least that's the tale as told by Professor Jeanne Grace, who uses contemporary versions of traditional fables as part of her undergraduate research course offered by the School of Nursing.

Each story incorporates a research concept to help her students grasp difficult topics while making the course more engaging. It has evolved to become the School of Nursing's first online course that is now being marketed on a subscription basis. Ten schools used the fables last semester.

"Because people learn in a variety of ways, you never know which approach is going to trigger the 'ah-ha' experience for students," says Grace. "I use a smorgasbord of learning methods--the course textbook, my fables, multiple practice quizzes, play-acting--whatever helps them comprehend and retain the concepts better."

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