Lightning Talk

Case of the Kidnapped Healthcare Professionals: Developing a Virtual, Avatar-based, Multi-user 3-D Video Interprofessional Escape Room

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

The Pandemic led to major disruption in the way live educational experiences occur and will continue to occur for interprofessional education (IPE). As we evolve into the next phase of the Pandemic, institutions continue to face challenges to deliver meaningful and impactful IPE learning experiences for students to build skills for interprofessional collaborative practice in live and distance formats. To address this problem, we developed a virtual, avatar-based, multi-user 3-D video interprofessional escape room to support health profession students in developing skills in interprofessional communication and teamwork in a live or distance format. This session will describe the development of our virtual, avatar-based, multi-user 3-D escape room and the feedback we have received from our pilot. Students from health science, speech pathology, audiology and counseling psychology participated in the pilot. We will launch the full version in fall 2022. This session ties into the theme, Interprofessional Learning and Collaborative Practice and Education, since our topic focuses on two interprofessional education and practice competencies needed by health professions students and practitioners: communication and teamwork. Our session will provide knowledge to learners looking to develop a simulated environment using game principles in a non-game context utilizing education and entertainment, referred to as “edutainment” to improve communication and teamwork. Health professions curriculum are now successfully using escape rooms in health professions curriculum as a new innovate pedagogy for Generation Z learners. We hope our project inspires others in the field of interprofessional education and practice to develop innovative virtual learning experiences for health profession students.