Clinical reasoning is a well-known concept in healthcare and refers to the process of information gathering, evaluation and interpretation of that information, come to an understanding of a patient problem or situation, prioritise, plan and implement interventions, evaluate outcomes, and reflect on and learn from the process. Clinical reasoning is a higher order thinking skill that draws on knowledge, experience, and reflection to identify the best possible outcome for a patient. Health professionals with effective clinical reasoning skills have a positive impact on patient outcomes, while poor clinical reasoning skills can result in patient deterioration. Clinical reasoning is a complex process and is challenging for students to learn, ideally it should be taught in a clinical context such as a consulting room. Real-life simulation has been used to teach clinical reasoning skills in medicine and nursing. These resources are, however, not always accessible for other allied health disciplines for student training. Developing an online serious game was identified as a technology rich immersive learning environment which could be utilised to enhance the clinical reasoning skills of student dietitians. This talk highlights the approach taken to develop an online serious game through the lens of an academic.
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016