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How to increase nursing school engagement by including free mnemonic video-quiz lessons in your assignments

Add Picmonic videos and quizzes to assignments in Canvas, Moodle and Blackboard for free!

Calling all nursing educators! Are your students coming to class prepared? Are they engaged? Are they feeling overwhelmed? Are they really retaining what they are learning?

Introducing Picmonic, the world’s leading memory retention resource used by 700,000+ healthcare students!

The Picmonic Learning System includes thousands of engaging micro-lessons: picture-mnemonic based videos and quizzes that are research-proven to increase long-term memory retention up to 331%.

What challenges do nursing educators face with today’s students? 

After interviewing hundreds of nursing educators we’ve learned that their millennial nursing students:

  1. are not doing the assigned reading 
  2. come to class generally unprepared
  3. expect instructors to provide “edutainment” 
  4. struggle to retain what they learn in class
  5. are consistently distracted by social media

On a mission to support nursing educators with these challenges, Picmonic now provides a FREE Learning Management System app (Canvas/Moodle/Blackboard) enabling you to embed highly effective and engaging Picmonic content in your assignments. Students love these mnemonics, the short video format and the review quizzes, and by providing your students easy access through your LMS they will come to class more prepared, they will be entertained, and they will remember the critical knowledge required to pass exams and excel as competent healthcare professionals!  Even better, this app includes full LTI functionality, Single Sign-On & Grade Book data syncing.

Want to get your class or institution started for free today? Please fill out THIS FORM and we’ll create your “LMS consumer Key and Secret” then send you instructions.

“I implemented a Picmonic quiz and video in Canvas for my nursing students OB content and it was very well received! It transferred well into the grade book too. I also created a custom Picmonic Playlist and it was extremely easy to post a that quiz on Canvas in their module. The basis of Picmonics is amazing and I would have paid substantially more for access when I went through nursing school! I truly appreciate all of your support and what you do for students. Picmonic has been a game-changer for several of our students!” – Magan Edwards, MSN, RN @NACC Nursing

If your institution would like to explore or license Picmonic, please email educators@picmonic.com.

What can you do with the Picmonic App?

Search or Browse to Embed Picmonic’s individual Video-Quiz Lessons or Cumulative Quizzes!

Canvas embed

To review the full content library, please login and browse Picmonic.com or our mobile apps with your free educator account. If you cannot find the content you need, our website includes authoring toolsets for content creation and content customization.

Need some help getting started? Just email educators@picmonic.com!

How do I get access for me and my students?

Educators, please first create a free account at Picmonic.com/educators and we will get you set up!

While Picmonic is free for educators, student free accounts are limited to one video and 20 quiz questions per day. Yes, you and your students can use Picmonic for FREE!

For unlimited student access, two options are:

  1. Student Premium Subscriptions – students can upgrade at any time. See pricing
  2. Institutional Licensing – institutions can purchase site licenses for all students (huge discounts, reach out to us!)

“My tutoring students rave about Picmonic, saying, “Everything on the exam I reviewed with Picmonic I got right.” They express less stress while studying, more confidence in knowledge, and longer recall of information studied. I would absolutely recommend Picmonic to students, especially visual learners.” – Julia Young, Delaware Technical Community College

The Student Experience

If an individual Picmonic Lesson (Video + Quiz) is included in the Assignment:
Picmonic Lessons will start playing the short mnemonic video automatically.
First the educational audio track, then the story.
On average, these videos are about 3 minutes long.
canvas playing a picmonic

When the videos end, a quiz will begin.
Canvas Quiz after Video

The Picmonic Quiz:
*Images below are of a Quiz on a set of content included in an assignment, a similar experience to the quiz after video play.
canvas quiz
canvas correct
canvas incorrect
canvas answer key

Step 2: Student visibility in the Grade Book
canvas student grades

Students see the details of their most recent assignment submission.

Educator Grade Book Data

Not only can you easily see in your grade book how your students performed on the Picmonic Quiz, but you can dive into the speed grader to see a detailed answer key for every question attempt:

canvas educator gradebook
Canvas Educator Answer Key

Ready to get started?

Please fill out THIS FORM and we’ll create your “LTI consumer Key and Secret” and send you instructions

“I included the Cancer/HIV/AIDS Picmonics within my content in Canvas a few weeks ago, then surveyed my students. The overall response was very positive and most of the students utilized the Picmonics for retention purposes. Thank you for creating such a great learning tool!” – C. Rains, NACC Nursing

Accessibility Documentation:

Picmonic meets general ADA standards and is designed to be accessible for all learners, including those with disabilities. Picmonic has created a culture that considers those with differing learning and access needs from the outset. The Picmonic platform was built using the most modern HTML and CSS technologies and is committed to WCAG 2.0 (A/AA/AAA), SECTION 508 and similar accessibility standards and requirements. The Picmonic interface leverages rem sizing for fonts enabling users to zoom on their browser window. You can enlarge the screen by clicking “Command” and “+” (on Mac) or “Ctrl” and “+” (on PC). If you have additional circumstances to address, please contact us at support@picmonic.com and we will be happy to provide the best available solutions.

Security Information:

To ensure the privacy and security of your data, Picmonic uses HTTPS for all communication and encrypts all inbound and outbound traffic using 128-bit TLS/SSL. All Picmonic user data is stored in highly stable, secure data servers at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Picmonic data is backed up redundantly (every day). In case of emergency or disaster, data is recovered from AWS distributed location server backups. The Picmonic LTI API uses the industry-standard OAuth2 protocol, which provides secure access to Picmonic data while preventing direct access to Picmonic databases.


Just ask educators@picmonic.com!

Marlee Liberman

Marlee Liberman, RN, Master Nursing Scholar

As a registered nurse, Marlee understands the struggles that nursing school throws at you – not to mention the overwhelming pressure preparing for the NCLEX®! Marlee brings a unique skill set and perspective to Picmonic with her previous degree in broadcast journalism, her creativity in video production, and her wandering nomad lifestyle. Her blend of talents provides her with the knack for simplifying complicated concepts and demystifying the world of nursing.

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