Lightning Talk

Student Satisfaction and Quality Improvement for an Alzheimer's Virtual Interprofessional Training Program

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT
Virtual reality

Virtual simulations, including screen-based simulations using 3-D virtual worlds (3-DVWs) have demonstrated improvement in participant knowledge, self-efficacy, and clinical reasoning,. Additionally, 3-DVWs enable students to practice skills in safe environments and provide opportunities for interprofessional collaboration not limited by geographic location. While benefits of 3-DVWs are well-documented, little attention has focused on the important area of student engagement and satisfaction. In this session, we report results of a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process focused on student satisfaction in the Alzheimer’s Virtual Interprofessional Training (AVIT).

AVIT is a 3-DVW program that teaches healthcare students importance of interprofessional teamwork in providing care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their caregivers. AVIT consists of a series of three simulations that follow a woman with AD through progression of the disease over time and across the continuum of care. Simulations are conducted within the Second Life™ 3-DVW and have included students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and occupational therapy.

We used the Flexible Learning Model (FLM) as a framework for planning, implementing, and evaluating AVIT. The FLM comprises five components of flexibility that optimize customization of teaching and learning: time, content, entry requirements, instructional approaches and resources, and delivery and logistics. We focused specifically on instructional approaches and resources due to its relevance to student satisfaction. Within this area, we targeted three domains identified in the literature problematic for virtual simulations: navigation of the virtual environment, lack of realism, and technology challenges.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:
• Identify key areas of focus for addressing student satisfaction in 3-DVW IPE simulations
• Discuss specific quality improvement strategies targeting student satisfaction and engagement based on the FLM
• Apply findings of the CQI strategies used in the AVIT 3-D virtual world simulation to their own approaches to CQI for virtual simulations