Using multimedia resources to improve real-life scenarios
Midwifery students in practice. (Photo by Anna Zhu)
Rachel Smith and Joanne Gray’s project introduced multimedia resources into the pre-registration midwifery curriculum, allowing students to experience practice-oriented learning.
What the project was about
Ms Smith developed multimedia resources for her pre-registration midwifery students to see, hear and understand the nature of the patient-carer relationship in the clinical environment. Introducing podcasts, vodcasts (video podcasts) and interactive workshops to students, Ms Smith was able to increase their accessibility and engagement with midwifery practice simulations.
Why the project was introduced
Developing effective clinical and interpersonal skills with women in pregnancy and labour is a vital skill for pre-registration nurses. Ms Smith wanted to strengthen these skills in her students and to enhance their experience of learning midwifery concepts and skills by introducing multimedia tools. These tools were to supplement the subject’s workshops, demonstrations, and laboratory facilities, not to replace them.
With the introduction of multimedia simulations into the subject, students were able to:
How the project was implemented
Ms Smith’s project consisted of five elements:
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Lyons, J. (2012). Learning with technology: Theoretical foundations underpinning simulations in higher education. La Trobe University.
Maldonado, R. (2011). The use of multimedia clinical case scenario software in a problem-based learning course: Impact on faculty workload and student learning outcomes. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Volume 22, No 3.