Augmenting distance education skills development in paramedic science through mixed media visualisation

Michael Cowling, Emma Moore, James Birt

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This paper presents a learning intervention using mixed media visualisation (3D printing and Augmented Reality simulation) to enhance skills development for paramedic science students studying through distance education. Presented is a research methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of the mixed media visualisation techniques to provide more hands-on skill practice to paramedic science students studying the course at a distance. The context for this study is the skills acquisition and retention, focusing on Laryngoscopy with foreign body removal. The project stems from a need, identified through course evaluations, for more opportunity for distance students to practice skills (currently, they can only be practiced in a five day hands on residential school). Selected students will be provided with 3D printed instruments and a mobile phone augmented reality simulation application that they can use to practice skills prior to arrival at the residential school. Additional training will also be provided to those students not selected using the tools during the residential school. Outcomes are expected to be an overall improvement in final skill level for all students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the combined European Concurrent Engineering Conference (ECEC 2015), 11th Future Business Technology Conference (FUBUTEC 2015) and 19th Euromedia Conference (EUROMEDIA 2015)
Place of PublicationPortugal
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789077381885
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventEuropean Concurrent Engineering Conference 2015: with 11th Future Business Technology Conference FUBUTEC 2015, and 19th Euromedia Conference, EUROMEDIA 2015 - Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 27 Apr 201529 Apr 2015 (Link to conference details)


ConferenceEuropean Concurrent Engineering Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleECEC 2015
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