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Augmenting distance education skills development in paramedic science through mixed media visualisation
conference contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Michael CowlingMichael Cowling, Emma MooreEmma Moore, J Birt
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.