Utilising activity theory as a framework to evaluate the implementation of a virtual simulation educational tool

Shanahan, M 2016, 'Utilising activity theory as a framework to evaluate the implementation of a virtual simulation educational tool', in Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2016, Vancouver, Canada, 28-30 June 2016, pp. 769-778.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Utilising activity theory as a framework to evaluate the implementation of a virtual simulation educational tool
Author(s) Shanahan, M
Year 2016
Conference name EdMedia 2016
Conference location Vancouver, Canada
Conference dates 28-30 June 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2016
Publisher Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Place of publication Canada
Start page 769
End page 778
Total pages 10
Abstract Virtual simulation is recognised as an important educational tool, providing students with access to learning experiences that that may be difficult to achieve by other mechanisms. Using an activity theory framework and drawing upon survey data, this research examined the implementation of a virtual radiography (x-ray) simulation tool into an undergraduate course. Students report that the technology is easy to use and they benefit by being able to repeat activities in a safe (non-radiation) environment. Having used the simulation students reported an increase in technical and cognitive skills. This study also showed that students value using the technology both as an individual and collaborative learning activity. In addition, students identified that they prefer to use the technology as a teacher-led rather than a self-directed activity. Educators need to be mindful of both the range of learning outcomes that simulation affords and also the learning preferences of student groups.
Subjects Educational Technology and Computing
Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword(s) virtual radiography
simulation
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