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[Spring Workshop 2021] Designing and Developing VR Learning Experiences for Paramedics

1:00 – 1:50 pm Wednesday May 26, 2021

Junsong Zhang, Robert Walker, Farbod Tabaei, Julia Read, Eris Lam, Kyle Liu, Sooq Hyeun Won, Yuan Zhang

Session Description

Situational awareness and decision-making are key to paramedics in the field. However, traditional classroom learning does not provide adequate opportunities for students to assess risks and make decisions independently.

In order to address some of the challenges, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia partnered with Centre for Digital Media to design and develop a customized VR application for paramedicine students to assess risks and save lives on their own. Specifically, our design includes: 1) a 3D immersive environment for risk assessment and SOP practice; 2) a cloud-based dashboard to track and analyze how students made their decisions during the simulation; 3) and a tutorial for students and instructors to get started.

In this presentation, we’ll share with you our design process, collaboration between multiple partners, technical challenges, and pedagogical considerations. We’ll also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities designing and implementing VR simulations in the area of public safety.

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