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Northwest Missouri State University


Sue Myllykangas

Sue Myllygankas

Dr. Sue Myllykangas, Assistant Professor
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Department
Death and Dying Learning Object

Dr. Sue Myllykangas, Assistant Professor in the HEPERD Department and Dr. Carol Gosselink of Missouri State University collaborated on a problem-based learning module dealing with death and dying issues. In American culture death and dying are taboo subjects for most people, students included. As a way to introduce the topics, a cartoon-based, online module was created encouraging students to explore basic issues and concepts of death and dying in an emotionally safe environment.

The death and dying learning object was developed using Flash. Students are given a scenario that leads them through the module. This module has been used in several different classes at both universities. Students are expected to use critical thinking to develop their own answers and to synthesize the information discovered in this module. There are no right or wrong answers. Students must develop their own procedure for putting theories together to explain their answers to various situations.

Dr. Myllykangas has also been using this project for research purposes related to online learning styles of students. In particular, student retention of information in online courses is being studied.

Adam Messner, CITE Student Multimedia Developer and Grant Howard, CITE Student Multimedia Developer worked closely with Dr. Myllykangas in developing the module in Flash. This module is used in an eCompanion site along with other supporting course materials and may be viewed in the CITE Showcase by clicking Projects and Human Services or here . If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Myllykangas's project and how you can develop a Flash learning object, please contact the CITE Office or Dr. Myllykangas.