Using Second Life for Health Professional Learning

Informing Multidisciplinary Understanding

Jennifer P James, Jenny Sim, Marcus McDonald, Tracii Ryan

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Abstract

Background: The pressures of working in contemporary health care environments can result in health professionals becoming focused on their own domain. This focus, while understandable, diminishes the ability to provide holistic care for patients and clients. This multidisciplinary project sought to introduce post graduate students to the work of three other disciplines and provided them with an opportunity to develop their communication and history
taking skills in the virtual world of Second Life. The participating disciplines included: Midwifery, Mental Health, Medical Radiations and Chiropractic.
Methods: Four cohorts of Post Graduate students (n=210) participated in the project through a Course in their own Program. A stand‐alone program area was set up on the website which was accessible to the four disciplines. A polyclinic was developed in a Second Life island, with each discipline having its own clinic room. Students were required to undertake a pre and post survey to measure their perspective of working with other disciplines; introduce their own discipline and write up what they have learned about the other disciplines, undertake and record an intradisciplinary role play and finally, reflect on their learning.
Findings: students reported that working in Second Life provided them with an opportunity to practice their communication skills in a fun and non‐threatening way. As the role play formed part of their assessment, many students found the process to be on a par with the work that would be required to develop an essay or other written assignment.
Conclusion: Second Life provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills and their understanding of other disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-39
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Education Forum
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Using Second Life for Health Professional Learning : Informing Multidisciplinary Understanding. / James, Jennifer P; Sim, Jenny; McDonald, Marcus; Ryan, Tracii.

In: International Journal of Modern Education Forum, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012, p. 27-39.

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