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Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
Using Second Life to Teach
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Using Second Life to Teach


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Presented at COHEHRE conference in Oulu, Finland. May 2010.

Presented at COHEHRE conference in Oulu, Finland. May 2010.

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  • Using Second Life to Teach the Application of a Home Assessment
  • Kansas City, MO vs KC, KSPopulation in kc, mo is aproximately 450,000 and in the greater KC area around 2 M City SkylineWWI War Memorial – largest collection of WWI artifacts in the United StatesFountain in the Plaza shopping area – KC is next to Rome in the number of fountainsChiefs football stadiumRoyals baseball stadiumCity sceneNelson Adkins Museum – world renown museum with an extensive collection of Chinese art
  • Located in Lawrence, KS which is 40 miles from KU Medical CenterThe town has approximately 90,000 people
  • The Medical Center campus includes KU Hospital which has approximately 550 beds with a first class heart institute. Also located on the campus is the School of Allied Health with 581 students, the School of Medicine with 1,762 students and the School of Nursing with 722 students.
  • 87.5 (n=28) enjoyed the virtual learning environment93.8% (n=30) found the virtual environment was not a distraction to learning21.9% (n=7) reported feeling dizzy90% (n=29) agreed they could apply learning to actual home assessment43.8% (n=14) thought they would like to use Second Life in another class
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      University of Kansas Medical CenterSchool of Allied Health
      May 2010
    • 2. Kansas City, Missouri
    • 3. University of Kansas
      25, 332 students
      190 undergraduate programs
      42 nationally ranked graduate programs
      1200 students are enrolled in the Global Awareness program
    • 4.
    • 5. University of Kansas Medical Center
      School of Allied Health – 581 students
      School of Medicine – 1762 students
      School of Nursing – 722 students
    • 6. Hemenway Research BuildingKUMC Campus
      • 83 Million in research funding
    • School of Allied Health
      Certificate and Undergraduate
      Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
      Nuclear Medicine
      General Ultrasound and Vascular
      Clinical Laboratory Sciences
      Health Information Management
      Respiratory Care
      Dietetics and Nutrition
      Molecular Biotechnology
      Nurse Anesthesia
      Occupational Therapy
      Physical Therapy
      Speech Language Pathology
    • 7. Teaching in an E-Learning Age
      10 staff with computer and educational technology background
      Assist faculty in on-line course development using Angel
      Teach new technology – web conferencing, podcasting, student response system
      Assist departments in faculty/course surveys and provide data results
      Instructional Design of Courses with Quality Matters certified
    • 8. 3-D virtual world environment developed in 2003
      Characters are called avatars and interact with millions of other users around the world
      Used as grounds for research and education
      (Mason, 2007; Martinez, Martinez & Warkentin, 2007;
      Polvinen, 2007; Schmidt, Kinzer & Greenbaum, 2007)
      What is Second Life?
    • 9. KUMC in Second Life
      In 2007 SAH and SON bought an island to secure our projects and provide a virtually safe environment for our students.
      Provide a mechanism to teach procedures before a student tries it on a real person.
      Provide cheap virtual objects to simulate real-world type experiences.
    • 10. First Look at KUMC Isle
    • 11. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments were looking for an interdisciplinary assignment to give students practice working together.
      Home assessment is costly, it is difficult to develop a standardized system – considering the house, the type of patient and the type of disabilities.
      Difficult to demonstrate the modifications for a specific home and client including the unintended consequences of changes.
      PT/OT Interest in Second Life
    • 12. PT/OT Interest in Second Life
      No need for expensive field trips
      Ability to build the student’s suggested modifications
      Reinforced a patient-centered approach
    • 13. 63 yr. old female – insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, Type II
      Diabetic complications – peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy requiring 3x/wk peritoneal dialysis
      Lives alone in a townhouse and is retired with early disability
      Case Study
    • 14. Demonstration of the Second Life Home Assessment and Modification
    • 15. What are the experiences and perceptions of OT and PT students using Second Life to learn and apply clinical skills in home evaluation and modification?
      Research Question
    • 16. Recruited 36 1st year PT students and 29 2nd year OT students at the University of Kansas Medical Center
      Each student created their own avatar, participated in groups of 3 OT’s and 3 PT’s.
      Each group worked together in Second Life to communicate and develop their home modification plan.
    • 17. 20 Questions
      Likert type 5-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree
      Prior Technology Experience/Knowledge
      Barriers to Learning with Second Life
      Perceived Benefits of SecondLife Home Assessment
      Interest in using Second Life in Future Classes
      Methods: Survey
    • 18. Majority had not previously used Second Life
      A few had problems – found the environment unrealistic
      Vast majority found it helpful to learn about home assessment
      Beneficial in showing the effects of the environment on function
      Many agreed that they would like other virtual experiences in their education
      Results of the Survey
    • 19. Future Uses of Second Life Home Assessment & Modification
      Provide access for other PT and OT programs.
      Provide access to the KU School of Architectural Design for further development and use as a consumer tool.
    • 20. Other Second Life Projects
      Nurse Anesthesia – Operating Room
    • 21. Other Second Life Projects
      Nursing Informatics – Jayhawk Community Living Center
    • 22. Other Second Life Projects
      Dietetics & Nutrition – Weight Management
    • 23. Special Thanks
      Occupational Therapy Department
      Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM
      Physical Therapy Department
      Carla Sabus, PT, PhD
      Teaching & Learning Technologies
      Tennille Fincham, BA
      David Antonacci, PhD(c)
    • 24. Questions?
    • 25. Stephanie GeraldEducational Technologistsgerald@kumc.eduSecond Life Name: Raine Whitman
      Lou Loescher-JungeAssistant
      Contact Information