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Project lead
Associate Prof Zarrin S Siddiqui
Associate Professor
Education Centre
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS)
Team members
Professor Tony Celenza

Project outline

This project will investigate the use of a Simulation Based Environment (SBE) using Virtual Reality through facilitating interaction of UWA students with patients, laboratory investigations and patient data. The outcomes will be measured in terms of increased knowledge, intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy and application of the knowledge in the clinical settings. The indicators of success in simulations have been identified as relevant and authentic with opportunities for feedback to the learners.

The project will provide an opportunity for UWA Medicine students to integrate basic science concepts from the clinical environment within a SBE whilst providing them an opportunity for immediate feedback and self-assessment. It will be a significant benefit for Medicine students during their foundation years as many of the enrolled students do not have a prior Science degree or have started studies after a break. The suite of selected modules will enable students to apply their existing knowledge with clinical application of cases. Self-assess their learning using guided questions and assessments at regularly paced intervals and practice skills such as counselling and communication within a safe simulated environment.

In order to achieve the project goal, investigations into the use of SBE will be monitored by outcomes of student learning in terms of recall and application of knowledge, perceptions of SBE amongst participating students, and the effects of a SBE on the intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy of the participants.


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