Sunday, July 13, 2014

RRSC Stroke Learning Center

Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp presents 
The Stroke Learning Center

Stroke is the fourth leading cause for death in the United States, cutting short the lives of over 133,000 people each year. It ranks as the number one leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. There are definite steps you can take to prevent or at least reduce your chance of experiencing a stroke. Should a stroke occur, there are steps you can take to minimize its long term effects and improve your recovery. Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp is committed to teaching the public about stroke and, in turn, improving outcomes through their knowledge of the appropriate action to take.

Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, has designed and developed an educational tool called The Stroke Learning Center to promote stroke awareness and education. This tool consists of six ten-inch electronic tablets containing a quiz targeting the most important and frequently asked questions pertaining to stroke awareness. The Stroke Leaning Center is usually set up in conjunction with the MegaBrain exhibit at pro baseball games, convention centers, shopping malls and other similar venues. 

It is the goal of The Stroke Learning Center quiz is to raise awareness through the answers to questions which in turn, educate the public on ways to minimize the chance of getting a stroke, how to recognize the onset of its symptoms, as well as how to reduce its long term effects should such an event occur. The Acronym F.A.S.T. often used in National Stroke Association venues and many other organizations working with stroke issues is also used throughout the quiz to help the quiz taker recognize and remember these signs.

The current version of The Stroke Learning Center quiz is presented in English and Espa├▒ol, and consists of fourteen questions designed to raise awareness. It also offers preventative measures so participants learn how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and the appropriate response.

Each question offers five possible answers that are presented on a touch screen ten inch tablet. The quiz taker touches the answer that they think best answers the question. Once the question is answered correctly, the next question appears. Even selecting the incorrect answer is a learning experience because any answer chosen results in a detailed explanation.

And now a glimpse into just how The Stroke Learning Center App works.

The first screen gives you a choice of which language you wish to use. Currently, only English and Espanol are available. 

You then proceed through the fourteen questions. Here is a sample of one of the questions:

If you select a wrong answer you will be shown the following screen, for example, and after touching the continue button, sent back to the question for another try:

When the correct answer is chosen, the following screen is presented and, after touching the continue button, the quiz proceeds on to the next question:

Upon completion of the quiz, a screen depicting the acronym F.A.S.T is presented to keep it fresh in your mind:

Finally, a screen is presented showing how well you did answering the questions:

Often, depending on the event attended, the participant is awarded a stroke related gift after completing the quiz.

Also included with the quiz is an app for the presenter to use to obtain aggregate statistical information on how the quiz takers did on that particular tablet. This information can be used by the exhibitor to determine which questions were answered incorrectly the most often and which incorrect answers were chosen. This will help the presenter determine where more emphasis should be placed in educating the public.


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