Immersive simulated reality scenarios for enhancing students' experience of people with learning disabilities across all fields of nurse education
AbstractPoor preparation of nurses, regarding learning disabilities can have devastating consequences. Highprofile reports and the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements led this University to introduce Shareville into the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing curriculum. Shareville is a virtual environment developed at Birmingham City University, in which student nurses learn from realistic, problem-based scenarios featuring people with learning disabilities. Following the implementation of the resource an evaluation of both staff and student experience was undertaken. Students reported that problem-based scenarios were sufficiently real and immersive. Scenarios presented previously unanticipated considerations, offering new insights, and giving students the opportunity to practise decision-making in challenging scenarios before encountering them in practice. The interface and the quality of the graphics were criticised, but, this did not interfere with learning. Nine lecturers were interviewed, they generally felt positively towards the resource and identified strengths in terms of blended learning and collaborative teaching. The evaluation contributes to understandings of learning via simulated reality, and identifies process issues that will inform the development of further resources and their roll-out locally, and may guide other education providers in developing and implementing resources of this nature. There was signifi- cant parity between lecturers' expectations of students' experience of Shareville.
Saunder, L.J. & Berridge, E.J. (2015). Immersive simulated reality scenarios for enhancing students' experience of people with learning disabilities across all fields of nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice, doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.04.007 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2015.04.007>