Throughout the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Paramedic Clinical Practicum 2 (PAR203) course, students have the opportunity to consolidate, apply and provide evidence of their knowledge and skills developed in previous courses. This course aims to enhance clinical and operational knowledge with particular focus on clinical skills literacy, crisis resource management and multi-casualty incident management through the integration of innovative teaching strategies, including adopting a flipped classroom approach in conjunction with immersive simulation. In February 2015, a University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) team embarked on a self-initiated, learning and teaching pilot project that intended to enhance paramedic pedagogical approaches to simulation. The team consisted of a USC learning design specialist, digital media services officer and paramedic academic who worked in a collaborative effort to develop, design and implement a sequence of immersive videos for use within the Paramedic Clinical Practicum 2 (PAR203) course. To date, moving immersive videos, in combination of low and high fidelity simulation techniques had not previously been used as a learning and teaching tool at USC. Many lessons were learned about choice and provision of the equipment required, permit acquisitions and technical and logistical issues throughout the production of the immersive simulation videos. These two videos, which are the first of a suite of 12 videos, include a busy train station and a busy street scene. This pilot project aimed to integrate further technology into the simulation process which explicitly linked real-world paramedic practice to the university learning environment using immersive media. The learning and teaching goal of the project was to create an enriched and authentic learning environment that would increase student engagement, be responsive to students learning needs and inclusive of the diversity of learners within the student paramedic cohort.
2015 Learning & Teaching Week: Teaching Visions: Seeing Teaching in New Ways, Sunshine Coast, Australia 14-18 September 2015
2015 Learning & Teaching Week Program Book / pp.24-25