A project which trains paramedic students online through real-life scenarios has won JISC’s outstanding ICT initiative award at the Times Higher Awards, owing to its potential implications for other universities.
Emily Conradi, project manager at St George’s University London and award winner said: “The online environment evolved from issues that St George’s tutors were having with recreating paramedic work situations, which are impossible to simulate realistically in the classroom, and also with managing face-to-face meetings between students and tutors when the learners are spending time in work placements.
“The tutors developed an island in the virtual environment Second Life to allow students to work together as a paramedic team on different emergency scenes. They interact with patients by questioning, examining and treating them and the scenario unfolds in response to the students’ actions. Handover notes are emailed to their tutor for feedback.”
St George’s work was funded as part of the PREVIEW project was highlighted in the RSC Scotland N&E Higher Education blog, MASHe, last November. As part as of an overview of the PREVIEW project HE Advisor Martin Hawksey also created a demonstration video, shown below, which features in the PREVIEW publicity material: