To download any of the products listed below, email your system specifications to gameplay@westernu.edu.  Unless otherwise stated, all products are optimized for tablet devices. They will also work on most laptop and desktop systems. Smartphone-compatible products are indicated where applicable.
All Students
New Student Orientation orientation_esplanade A virtual recreation of WesternU’s esplanade gives new students the opportunity to learn about the campus as well as policies and procedures important to their success—all before they arrive. To earn points they must stop along the esplanade to complete challenges posed by key university departments, and explore objects in their surroundings. View Demo For more information, contact Kim DeKruif, Registrar
College of Dental Medicine
Simulation of a Removable Partial Denture removable_dental_implant Doctor of Dental Medicine students must learn how to analyze a patient’s dental needs and when necessary design appropriate dental appliances. A series of Unity3D exercises provides these students with practice in classifying various dentate scenarios, learning the principles of replaceable partial denture design, and practice in designing appropriate RPDs. View Demo For more information, contact James Ywom, DDS
College of Graduate Nursing
Lessons in Scholarly Writing scholarly_writing_course One of the outcome competencies of Graduate Nursing students is the ability to communicate with other professionals through scholarly writing. This series of Captivate lessons provides remedial instruction in academic writing techniques, including basic grammar and punctuation, development of the thesis statement, and organization and formatting of the final paper. Available as standalone self-instructional lessons or as part of a more comprehensive Blackboard course shell.   For more information, contact Matt Durkin, MA
College of Optometry
Orientation to Pediatric Optometric Services pcc_orientation As part of their training, Optometry doctoral students must complete pediatric optometric internships in our Patient Care Center. To reduce staff time in orienting students to the clinic, a series of self-instructional tutorials was developed using Articulate and Unity3D. The lessons include practice in recognizing policy violations, complying with procedural requirements, and finding specific test equipment and returning them to their proper location.  View Demo For more information, contact Ida Chung-Lock, OD
Orientation to Vision Therapy Services vision_therapy_room College of Optometry students must also internships in Vision Therapy, so a similar series of self-instructional tutorials about these services are available in Articulate and Unity3D. The lessons include practice in meeting policy and procedural requirements, documenting the results of patient encounters, and finding specific therapeutic tools and returning them to their proper location.  View Demo For more information, contact Kristen Jensen, OD, FCOVD
College of Osteopathic Medicine
COMP Scavenger Hunt orientation_esplanade This variation of WesternU’s New Student Orientation  (see above) takes new COMP students on a trip along a virtual campus esplanade to learn about the university and key sources of information important to their success—all before they arrive. Additional questions specific to COMP policies and procedures are included in this version. View Demo For more information, contact Michelle Emmert, EdD
ECG Measurement and Interpretation ecg_vectors To help first year osteopathic and physician assistant students master the skill of electrocardiogram interpretation, a series of ECG lessons was developed using Articulate. The lessons incorporate interactive exercises to provide an engaging introduction to the science behind ECGs, how to measure ECG waves, and how to interpret abnormalities seen on patient rhythm strips. For more information, contact Miary Andriamiarisoa, IT
Virtual Cranium virtual_cranium Developed from scanned bones of an actual human skull, this app gives second year DO students a powerful tool for learning cranial anatomy. Students can rotate, zoom into, highlight or isolate individual structures. Animated segments show common skeletal movements, and extensive question banks allow students to test their recall of key anatomical structures and landmarks. View Demo For more information, contact Rebecca Giusti, DO
Pneumonia Patient Animation in 3D kessler-skeleton-bronchiole A collaboration between WesternU and Touro University in Nevada resulted in this 3D animation for osteopathic medical students. The animation was originally intended to show the effects of pneumonia on the motion of respiratory, lymphatic and skeletal systems, however, but it can also be used to illustrate processes such as rib and diaphragmatic motion. View Demo  For more information, contact Gary Wisser, IT
Matching Mania for Endocrine Anatomy visual_matching This drill-and-practice game was developed to help first-year medical students learn the anatomy of the endocrine system. From a scrolling list of options on the right, students must choose the name that corresponds to the highlighted structure on the left. Timer and speed controls can be adjusted to make the game more challenging as students gain proficiency. View Demo For more information, contact Airani Sathananthan, MD, MSHS and Marian Safaoui, MD
Clear the Boards for Endocrine Anatomy clear_boards Clear the Boards uses a “Jeopardy”-like template to test first year medical students on their knowledge of endocrine system anatomy. A student selects a question from a category on the game board, and must enter the correct answer before the timer runs out.  A multiplayer version for classroom use is also available (see below). View Demo For more information, contact Airani Sathananthan, MD, MSHS and Marian Safaoui, MD
College of Pharmacy
Flashcards for Medical Term & Abbreviations medical-term-flashcards This online study tool was created to help second year PharmD students master common medical and pharmaceutical terms and definitions. Cardsets are organized into categories such as “anatomy word roots”, “medical suffixes”, and “Rx abbreviations. Each card shows the term and example of its use on one side, and the definition on the other, so students can test themselves on both. For more information, contact Eunice Chung, PharmD
Clear the Boards for Medical Terms & Abbreviations medical-term-jeopardy   Designed for second year PharmD students, Clear the Boards uses a “Jeopardy”-like template to test students’ recall of key medical terms and abbreviations. A student selects a question from a category on the game board, and must enter the correct answer before the timer runs out.  A multiplayer version for classroom use is also available (see below). View Demo For more information, contact Eunice Chung, PharmD
 Multiplayer Jeopardy clear_boards In this multiplayer version of our Clear the Boards game, a “Jeopardy”-like template is used to present pharmacology questions to up to as many as 20 individual students or teams. After a question is selected from the game board, the teams compete to enter the correct answer before the timer runs out.  A betting round offers opposing teams the option to wager their earnings on the answer submitted. View Clip from HPC Classroom 3 Implementation For more information, contact Bradley Andresen, PhD, FAHA
College of Veterinary Medicine
Anatomy of the Horse Hoof horse_hoof The horse hoof is one of the most delicate structures in equine anatomy, and detailed models are difficult to come by. This digital 3D model vividly illustrates the hoof’s skeletal structures as well as soft tissues such as tendons and pads. Created initially to support research efforts, this model is also a useful learning tool for doctoral students in the College of Veterinary Medicine. View Demo For more information, contact Babak Faramarzi, DVM, PhD