Effects of integrating maternity VR-based situated learning into professional training on students’ learning performances

Ching Yi Chang, Patcharin Panjaburee, Shao Chen Chang

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Abstract

Educators have recognized the importance of providing a realistic learning environment which helps learners to not only comprehend learning content, but also to link the content to practical problems. Such an environment can hence foster problem-solving skills in nursing training. However, when learners interact in a virtual environment with rich learning resources, they might encounter difficulties if there is a lack of proper guidance, clinical sense, or a well thought-out instructional design process. Hence, this work developed a maternity VR-based situated learning system (MVR-SLS) based on the experiential learning theory to support professional courses in obstetrics. A quasi-experiment was conducted to verify the impacts of this method on learners' learning achievement, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) competency, problem solving skills, learning engagement, and teaching effectiveness. The experimental results indicate that the new method improved learners' learning achievement, OSCE competency, problem-solving ability, and recognition of learning engagement. Moreover, the learners who learned with the new method showed more active learning behaviors compared to the learners in the control group. Findings of the present study offer concrete suggestions for implementing effective virtual reality (VR)-based learning strategies for medical and nursing textbooks.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInteractive Learning Environments
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • higher education
  • Mobile learning
  • nurse education
  • situated learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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