Improving paramedic distance education through mobile mixed reality simulation

James Birt*, Emma Moore, Michael Cowling

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Abstract

There is growing evidence that the use of simulation in teaching is a key means of improving learning, skills, and outcomes, particularly for practical skills. In the health sciences, the use of high-fidelity task trainers has been shown to be ideal for reducing cognitive load and leading to enhanced learning outcomes. However, how do we make these task trainers available to students studying at a distance? To answer this question, this paper presents results from the implementation and sustained testing of a mobile mixed reality intervention in an Australian distance paramedic science classroom. The context of this mobile mixed reality simulation study, provided through a user-supplied mobile phone incorporating 3D printing, virtual reality, and augmented reality, is skills acquisition in airways management, focusing on direct laryngoscopy with foreign body removal. The intervention aims to assist distance education learners in practising skills prior to attending mandatory residential schools, building a baseline equality between those students who study face to face and those at a distance. Outcomes from the study showed statistically significant improvements in the use of the simulation across several key performance indicators in the distance learners, but also demonstrated problems to overcome in the pedagogical method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-83
Number of pages15
JournalAustralasian Journal of Educational Technology
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2017

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    Mixed Reality Multimodal Learning Analytics

    Cowling, M. A. & Birt, J. R., 27 Jan 2020, Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. Peters, M. & Heraud, R. (eds.). Springer

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    Moro, C., Stromberga, Z. & Birt, J. R., 5 Feb 2020, Clinical Education for the Health Professions: Theory and Practice. Nestel, D., Reedy, G., McKenna, L. & Gough, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 1-25 25 p.

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    Piloting Multimodal Learning Analytics using Mobile Mixed Reality in Health Education

    Birt, J. R., Clare, D. & Cowling, M. A., 5 Aug 2019, 2019 IEEE 7th International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health (SeGAH). Duque, D., White, J., Rodrigues, N., Vilaca, J. L. & Dias, N. (eds.). p. 1-6 6 p. 8882435. (2019 IEEE 7th International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH 2019).

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