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Wednesday, June 22 • 13:30 - 14:20
CON02.05 - Praktik: Empowering Students Through the Development of Innovative Software for Digital Simulation

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This presentation will focus on the collaborative model between Interactive Media and Nursing/Health Science programs in place at a college in Southern Ontario. This collaboration, branded as Praktik, has been established as an interdisciplinary partnership that allows Interactive Media students to design and develop educational modules for use by Nursing and Health Science students within their curricula; the initial modules to be developed were selected to offer students ‘free’ access to digital simulation and learning experiences that will allow them to better prepare for time in dedicated simulation labs and for other classroom work. The first Praktik module, focusing on blood pressure measurement, features 2D and 3D graphics, 2D/3D animations, audio, video, as well as fully interactive anatomical models and instrument simulations. This will allow for integrated media activities where visuals, audio and interaction combine to best deliver the key content. Beyond what is possible with print, Web or video content, the modules are designed with non-linear user interactivity in mind, allowing students to access and repeat content at their own pace. The presentation will focus on the design and development process for the overall Praktik ‘brand’ to identify all future health education module development; the specific team-based development process for the initial module. Presenters will also discuss the role of students in all phases of this collaborative project, and the plan for quantitative efficacy research to be conducted to determine the utility of digital simulation software in educational settings. A prototype of the initial module in development will be available for hands-on demonstration and use by attendees.


Natalia Aguillon

Natalia Aguillon is the Media and Applied Research Technologist for the Interactive Media program cluster at Fanshawe College. She has a background in Industrial Design and Web Design, and has several years of experience in project and production management for technology-based projects... Read More →

Robert Haaf

Robert Haaf is Professor and Coordinator in the Interactive Media Design and Interactive Media Specialist programs at Fanshawe. He has over 20 years of experience in applied research, assistive and educational technology, and Web development technologies. He also has over 10 years... Read More →

Helen Harrison

Helen Harrison, MScN, is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in medical-surgical nursing and twelve years’ experience in adult and nursing education. She is a professor and year one coordinator in the School of Nursing at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and her research... Read More →

Mary Anne Krahn

Mary Anne Krahn is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in paediatric nursing and broad range of experience in nursing education. She is the Program Chair in the School of Nursing at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 13:30 - 14:20 EDT
UCC 58