Friday, December 5, 2008

Travels With Tom: Workplace-Related Places in Second Life

From Tom Werner (Brandon Hall)
"This presentation is about workplace-related places in Second Life, as well as some advantages and disadvantages of Second Life for workplace learning."
A very interesting set of slides - Greg

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Game-based learning for Virtual Patients - Multi patients

Tom Werner from Brandon Hall Research has posted an intresting use of Second Life in the training of nursing staff.

The Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London has developed a learning activity in Second Life (SLurl) for diagnosing and treating virtual patients.
They have five virtual patients suffering from problems such as lung cancer and pneumonia.
You can look at the patient’s chart, talk to the patient, listen to the patient’s breathing, select tests to run, and so forth.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

PEARL - a Robotic Assistant for the Elderly

Amir Hossein is a researcher on mobile robotics she introduces PEARL.

"We have succeeded in helping people to live longer, now we need to help them to live ‎better.‎

The project PERSONAL ROBOTIC ASSISTANTS FOR THE ELDERLY is an inter-‎disciplinary multi-university research initiative focused on robotic technology for the ‎elderly that brings together researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie ‎Mellon University.‎

The goal of our project is to develop mobile, personal service robots that assist elderly ‎people suffering from chronic disorders in their everyday life. We are currently ‎developing an autonomous mobile robot that "lives" in a private home of a chronically ill ‎elderly person. The robot provides a research platform to test out a range of ideas for ‎assisting elderly people, such as:‎
‎* Intelligent Reminding: Many elderly patients have to give up independent living ‎because they forget. They forget to visit the restroom, to take medicine, to drink, or to see ‎the doctor. Our project explores the effectiveness of a robotic reminder, which follows ‎people around (hence cannot get lost).‎
‎* Tele-presence: Professional care-givers can use the robot to establish a "tele-presence" ‎and interact directly with remote patients. This makes many doctor visits superfluous. ‎Our robot is a platform for tele-presence technology that connects patients with care-‎givers through the Next Generation Internet (NGI).‎
‎* Data collection and surveillance: A range of emergency conditions can be avoided with ‎systematic data collection (e.g., certain types of heart failures). This reason alone can ‎make service robots succeed in the home care business.‎
‎*Mobile manipulation: Arthritis is the main reason for elderly to give up independent ‎living. A semi-intelligent mobile manipulator, that integrates robotic strength with a ‎person's senses and intellects, can overcome barriers in manipulating objects ‎‎(refrigerator, laundry, microwave) that currently force patients to move into assisted ‎living facilities.‎
‎* Social interaction: A huge number of elderly people are forced to live alone, deprived ‎of social contacts. The project seeks to explore whether robots can take over certain ‎social functions.‎

Two factor suggest that now is the time to establish mobile robots in the home-care ‎sector: First, for the first time we actually have the technology together to develop robots ‎that exhibit the necessary robustness, reliability, and level of capability. Second, the need ‎for cost-effective solutions in the elderly care sector is larger than ever before.‎

If successful, this project could change the way we deliver health-care to the ever-‎growing contingent of elderly people, and it could significantly advance the state-of-the-‎art in mobile service robotics and human robot interaction."

Nursing Education in Second Life: Centralia Island

John Miller, explains how he uses a 3D virtual world to train RN
students, reinforcing and applying disease and health concepts at
Tacoma Community College.


Sarah's Musings

Sarah's Musing is an interesting blog from New Zealand covering Midwifery, Education, Web2.0 and Mentoring (LINK).
It covers a wide range of issues that are of interest, including a number of slideshows that could be used in education.
An excellent example of the use of technology in the education and professional development of midwives.


Friday, June 13, 2008

iPod, uPod? An emerging mobile learning tool in nursing education and students’ satisfaction

Margaret Maag from the University of San Francisco presented an interesting paper at the 2006 Ascilite Conference in Sydney. Her abstract is below.
"An increasing number of healthcare educators are using mobile learning
applications, such as educational podcasts, in order to facilitate and
enhance students’ learning. Ubiquitous mobile technologies are becoming
more important in healthcare training because of the scarcity of
educators and the increase in the number of first- and second-degree
students enrolling in schools of nursing. Academic podcasts provide
students opportunities to access face-to-face or distance audio
presentations and instructor feedback in a convenient manner. However,
further adaptation of this popular technology requires empirical
research in order to determine the impact of the mobile media
revolution on instructional design and learning effectiveness. Nursing
students enrolled in a medical-surgical didactic course report high
satisfaction with this up-and-coming mobile multimedia educational

Link to full paper can be found HERE

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

PDA use in nursing education: Prepared for today, poised for tomorrow

"This article provides an overview of information on the use of handheld
computers or personal digital computers (PDAs) in nursing and nursing
education. The incorporation of PDAs for all students in an
undergraduate and graduate nursing education program is discussed as
well as the decision making process that preceded the implementation.
Examples of current utilization by students are also provided. Although
some of the experiences may be unique to this particular new nursing
program, this information contributes to a limited but growing body of
knowledge regarding PDA use in nursing education."
Follow this LINK

The use of PDAs is gaining momentum this article follows one institution's journey.