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Educational Alternatives, Volume 18, 2020

WORK LIFE RELATED VIRTUAL LEARNING (XR) ENVIRONMENTS FOR BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE AND PERIOPERATIVE NURSING IN THE FUTUREEDU PROJECT
Anssi Mähönen, Sirkka-Liisa Halimaa, Paola Kontro, Jaana Heiskanen, Tommi Kinnunen, Susanna Vuohelainen, Kimmo Pakarinen
Pages: 105-115
Published: 16 Sep 2020
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Abstract: The aim of the project is to create virtual environments enabling time- and place-independent learning, lifelong learning for professionals and online training in authentic environments. These environments improve availability, diversity and quality of healthcare education. The virtual learning environments utilize authentic and work life related learning environments taking advantage of different kinds of virtual technologies, like extended reality (XR). The target groups are students, teachers and professionals in the field of clinical laboratory and perioperative nursing. The international co-operation is with Bulgarian partners. The project is carried out between 2019 and 2021 and is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). A Matterport camera to get 3D models of real hospital environments was used to scan the learning environment. This 3D virtual tour was created to enable the participants to become familiar with their own workplace and procedures in advance. In addition, we have used VR glasses and interactive videos in the learning and familiarization process of laboratory equipment and procedures. AR and smart glasses were used to provide a live connection between the clinical laboratory and the university classroom. AR technology was also used for identification and learning of instruments. During the project, three Matterport-based learning environments, several XR simulations and AR applications were created for a clinical laboratory, operating theatre and equipment maintenance. The created environments will be tested in spring 2020. The material is collected through quantitative and qualitative questionnaire to analyze their utility. The growing shortage of skilled health workers in the labor market demands an improvement in the quality and access of education. Authentic spaces, equipment and processes can be studied regardless of time or location. The independent study releases resources from professionals. As a result, the studies and work life are more integrated.
Keywords: xr, virtual reality, higher education institution, healthcare, technology
Cite this article: Anssi Mähönen, Sirkka-Liisa Halimaa, Paola Kontro, Jaana Heiskanen, Tommi Kinnunen, Susanna Vuohelainen, Kimmo Pakarinen. WORK LIFE RELATED VIRTUAL LEARNING (XR) ENVIRONMENTS FOR BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE AND PERIOPERATIVE NURSING IN THE FUTUREEDU PROJECT. Journal of International Scientific Publications: Educational Alternatives 18, 105-115 (2020). https://www.scientific-publications.net/en/article/1002103/
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