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Using Second Life to Teach


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

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Using Second Life to Teach

  1. 1. USING SECOND LIFE TO TEACH THE APPLICATION OF A HOME ASSESSMENT<br />University of Kansas Medical CenterSchool of Allied Health<br />May 2010<br />
  2. 2. Kansas City, Missouri<br />
  3. 3. University of Kansas <br />25, 332 students<br />190 undergraduate programs<br />42 nationally ranked graduate programs<br />1200 students are enrolled in the Global Awareness program<br />
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  5. 5. University of Kansas Medical Center<br />School of Allied Health – 581 students<br />School of Medicine – 1762 students<br />School of Nursing – 722 students<br />
  6. 6. Hemenway Research BuildingKUMC Campus<br /><ul><li>83 Million in research funding</li></li></ul><li>School of Allied Health<br />Certificate and Undergraduate<br />Graduate<br />Certificate<br />Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography<br />Nuclear Medicine<br />General Ultrasound and Vascular<br />Undergraduate<br />Clinical Laboratory Sciences<br />Cytotechnology<br />Health Information Management<br />Respiratory Care<br />Audiology<br />Dietetics and Nutrition<br />Molecular Biotechnology<br />Nurse Anesthesia<br />Occupational Therapy<br />Physical Therapy<br />Speech Language Pathology<br />
  7. 7. Teaching in an E-Learning Age<br />10 staff with computer and educational technology background<br />Assist faculty in on-line course development using Angel<br />Teach new technology – web conferencing, podcasting, student response system <br />Assist departments in faculty/course surveys and provide data results<br />Instructional Design of Courses with Quality Matters certified<br />
  8. 8. 3-D virtual world environment developed in 2003<br />Characters are called avatars and interact with millions of other users around the world<br />Used as grounds for research and education<br /> (Mason, 2007; Martinez, Martinez & Warkentin, 2007;<br />Polvinen, 2007; Schmidt, Kinzer & Greenbaum, 2007)<br />What is Second Life?<br />
  9. 9. KUMC in Second Life<br />In 2007 SAH and SON bought an island to secure our projects and provide a virtually safe environment for our students.<br />Provide a mechanism to teach procedures before a student tries it on a real person.<br />Provide cheap virtual objects to simulate real-world type experiences.<br />
  10. 10. First Look at KUMC Isle<br />SLurl:<br /><br />
  11. 11. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments were looking for an interdisciplinary assignment to give students practice working together.<br />Home assessment is costly, it is difficult to develop a standardized system – considering the house, the type of patient and the type of disabilities.<br />Difficult to demonstrate the modifications for a specific home and client including the unintended consequences of changes.<br />PT/OT Interest in Second Life<br />
  12. 12. PT/OT Interest in Second Life<br />No need for expensive field trips <br />Ability to build the student’s suggested modifications<br />Reinforced a patient-centered approach<br />
  13. 13. 63 yr. old female – insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, Type II<br />Diabetic complications – peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy requiring 3x/wk peritoneal dialysis<br />Lives alone in a townhouse and is retired with early disability<br />Case Study<br />
  14. 14. Demonstration of the Second Life Home Assessment and Modification<br />
  15. 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?<br />Research Question<br />
  16. 16. Recruited 36 1st year PT students and 29 2nd year OT students at the University of Kansas Medical Center<br />Each student created their own avatar, participated in groups of 3 OT’s and 3 PT’s.<br />Each group worked together in Second Life to communicate and develop their home modification plan.<br />Methods<br />
  17. 17. 20 Questions<br />Likert type 5-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree<br />Questions:<br />Prior Technology Experience/Knowledge<br />Barriers to Learning with Second Life<br />Perceived Benefits of SecondLife Home Assessment<br />Interest in using Second Life in Future Classes<br />Methods: Survey <br />
  18. 18. Majority had not previously used Second Life<br />A few had problems – found the environment unrealistic<br />Vast majority found it helpful to learn about home assessment<br />Beneficial in showing the effects of the environment on function<br />Many agreed that they would like other virtual experiences in their education<br />Results of the Survey<br />
  19. 19. Future Uses of Second Life Home Assessment & Modification<br />Provide access for other PT and OT programs.<br />Provide access to the KU School of Architectural Design for further development and use as a consumer tool.<br />
  20. 20. Other Second Life Projects<br />Nurse Anesthesia – Operating Room<br />
  21. 21. Other Second Life Projects<br />Nursing Informatics – Jayhawk Community Living Center<br />
  22. 22. Other Second Life Projects<br />Dietetics & Nutrition – Weight Management<br />
  23. 23. Special Thanks<br />Occupational Therapy Department<br />Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM<br />Physical Therapy Department<br />Carla Sabus, PT, PhD<br />Teaching & Learning Technologies<br />Tennille Fincham, BA<br />David Antonacci, PhD(c)<br />
  24. 24. Questions?<br />
  25. 25. Stephanie GeraldEducational Technologistsgerald@kumc.eduSecond Life Name: Raine Whitman<br />Lou Loescher-JungeAssistant<br />Contact Information<br />