Mar 05 2010

Nursing students test their skills on Gerontology Education Island

Posted at 9:09 pm under AGHE conference 2010,Uncategorized

On  Gerontology Education Island in the virtual world Second Life, Lesele Rose’s nursing students can do assessments of virtual patients (for a grade), see how homeless people live, and, as everywhere else in Second Life, fly.

Rose, an  instructor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, built the island to give students an interactive learning experience. She demonstrated its many capabilities at the annual conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, held March 4-7 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno.

The virtual examination rooms include beds and medical monitoring equipment. In the future, she said, there will be sinks where the students’ avatars will be required to wash their hands before examining a “patient.”

Such learning environments are common now in Second Life. She showed one facility constructed for medical examiners. She said she would consider taking her students on a field trip to the facility.

Among the other items of interest outside the main building on Gerontology Education Island is a small hobo homestead complete with a hammock and clothes line. On giant video screen inside the building, students can watch YouTube videos or take a look at any website.

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