Jenny Roye

Sepsis: An Unfolding Case Study


Jenny Roye, MSN, RN
Assistant Director of Curriculum and Technology Integration Program Manager Off Campus
BSN Program, UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation, UT Arlington

Purpose: Since I teach in the online environment, there are limited opportunities to provide synchronous learning. In Nursing, simulation is a very good way to solidify content and assess understanding of the concepts presented. Synchronous simulation is almost impossible. Using the unfolding case study, I can provide a smaller number of students the opportunity to interact with the instructor, each other, and the content in order to achieve a positive outcome, in this case, with a septic patient. Even though it is not true simulation in its current state, it could be adapted to provide a manikin based video simulation that would be completed synchronously.

Method: I will be using Blackboard Collaborate. Each session will be limited to 10 students. The session will be 1 hour long, which includes the case study, along with debriefing. There will be pre reading (which is included in the reading assignment for the week). As we move more towards a competency based curriculum, I envision this module/case study as an assessment to determine mastery of the concept of sepsis. In order for that to be, there would be a pretest /posttest given as well.

Assessment: Successful completion of the case study, along with productive and participative debriefing will be the initial assessment. As mentioned above, if used to content mastery competency evaluation, there would be a pretest/posttest as well.

Results: will be implemented in the summer 2016 NURS 4431 course. Student evaluation to foll


  • Jenny Roye

    I hope everyone enjoys the virtual mini conference. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments. I will be checking the comments throughout the week.

    • Peggy Semingson

      Thanks for the tip about getting email notifications for comments!

  • Peggy Semingson


    Thanks for sharing this unfolding case study. I remember you sharing about this last summer, but this helped me to visual the details!

    I like the idea of having pre-reading.

    Good idea for branching! Will look into that. Also great to have the engaging YouTube video. Funny! (Also, love your use of exclamation points!!!!)

    Do you do desktop sharing or do you upload the PowerPoint slides?

    Where do you get the โ€œvital signsโ€, etc. for the patient? Do you make it up? I would like to try this with my field of literacy.

    Nice work!


    • Jenny Roye

      You know I’m all about the exclamation points. I do make up the vital signs, they can be manipulated as need be if the branching warranted. I think I’m going to upload the slides prior to the case study time.

  • Pat Thomas

    Great ideas, Jenny! I do some synchronous discussion of case scenarios with NNP students online but can definitely jazz those up with the use of some funny video clips and the links to branch the discussion you illustrated here. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jenny Roye

      Thanks for ” visiting” the conference. I want to do more with case studies. I think it is a great way to build community in an online course.. If they are done Ina live session, that’s even better.

  • nakiaspope

    I really dig the branching idea and would like to hear more about it. Do the students decide which branch to take as a group? How do you know how many branches or options to give them?

    • Jenny Roye

      I think as a group. That will encourage them to work together, that whole peer to peer learning thing..This is really a very rough draft of things i would love to do with my course.

  • Diane Mitschke

    Thanks for sharing the, Jenny! I love the idea, and I think it would work well in some of our Social Work Practice classes as well. I’m still a bit intimidated by Collaborate, but I know I need to just bite the bullet and make it happen. Thanks for the inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jenny Roye

      don’t be scared!!it’s easy breezy…

  • Regina Urban


    Thanks for sharing your ideas of an unfolding case study with your students in the NNP program. It encourages me to think of how to create something like this at a basic level on some Pathophysiology concepts. I also appreciate your information about using “branching” in PowerPoint. I have seen this before in templates I have used, but I assumed that it was something special added to the program, rather than something I could create myself. I think using you-tube is also very effective in working with students.

    I appreciate the “food for thought” related to your PLC project. ~ Regina

  • Karabi

    Jenny – Cool Project !!! Just loved the idea of having an unfolding case study in a synchronous session. I have something similar as small group assignments, where online students are expected to work in a synchronous format and discuss the case and provide recommendations. While I encouraged the use of BB Collaborate for this assignment, I was open to any synchronous tool. Most groups are using IM, some “conventional” conference calls, and some are using the Wiki feature to draft their report. So, it is interesting to see how such assignments work out. I also like the idea of incorporating videos that are informative as well as funny! Great some ideas for my courses too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

  • Kiva Harper

    Love the branching!

    • Peggy Semingson

      I’m going to try the branching in my literacy education courses! This would make sense to look at a case study of a student who has challenges in reading or writing

  • Jenny Roye

    Thanks Kiva. It will eventually be a lot more “branchier”. this is a rough first attempt.

  • Denise Cauble

    Jenny, I love the use of videos within the slides. I think it is important to remind students that there is information “out there” they can find and does not have to come from us only as talking heads!

  • Jiyoon Yoon

    Jenny, I like using the video clips and synchronous tool together! But you said that each session will be limited to 10 students. I am wondering how many students you have in your classroom and how you manage all the students in your classroom to keep pace with each session. Thanks for sharing this ~

  • Jenny Roye

    Feel free to join my organization! Technology Resources for Nursing faculty- not just for nursing faculty!
    Search it out in Blackboard.

    • Maria Trache

      Jenny, how do we access these resources in Blackboard? Good ideas to try.

      • Jenny Roye

        Maria, go to our Blackboard, and on the left menu, go down to organizations. Type “Technology Resources for Nursing Faculty ” in the search organizations box and you can enroll in the organizations. All of the resources are in there. Feel free to share!

    • Marcela Gutierrez

      Hi Jenny! I’m curious — which resources have you found to be the most helpful in increasing student engagement?

      • Jenny Roye

        I think the screen capture resources are popular among our faculty. I think that might be due to the fact that I use screen capture to make my tutorial videos that I send to faculty, and they see how effective it can be.

    • Alex Hunnicutt

      What an interesting group project. Short, focused tutorial videos can be so helpful.

  • J. T. Dellinger

    I am curious as to why the 9 were not interested in increasing online community. I wonder if it is course specific? Regarding the resource center, how did you determine what resources to put in it? I remember when I started developing the AP Resource Center Blackboard organization back in 2013, I went to faculty teaching AP courses, CDE Support, CDE Instructional Design, and CDE Training to get all perspectives on needs that would benefit all parties. Custom tailoring through groups really helped it be an initial success (I am curious if anyone is still keeping it up to date and if faculty use it).

  • Jenny Roye

    I think it might have had to do with on/off campus. I sent the needs assessment to all lead teachers, not just AO. Maybe the on campus leads feel they don’t need that piece. As far as what I put in the resource center– it was purely selfish:) I put in what I thought was cool and innovative. I did also put in conferences and educational offerings– I want the baby birds to fly on their own….

  • Peggy Semingson

    I love your survey questions. How did the “virtual mentor” part work? How did the virtual faculty development offerings go for the clinical instructors? I agree–the CDE is totally helpful!

  • Regina Urban

    I think faculty preparedness is an important issue. This helps with instructor satisfaction and retention with downstream impacts on student community, satisfaction, and success. A needs assessment is a smart way to identify what the needs of our unit are. A virtual mentor is a great way to talk about various topics in a more non-threatening manner. It would be interesting to create role-plays with virtual mentors that demonstrate best practices for how to handle a situation versus an example of how NOT to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚