The United States and the Global Market in general are experiencing a shortage in nurses in the coming years. In addition, Universities and institutions look for accurate and more innovative ways to improve their standard of education offered to students. As the healthcare courses require real life practical sessions for assessment and skill evaluations, the conventional education methods are not quite adequate to meet the industrial standards and rising demands.
With the advent of disruptive technologies such as VR and AR, the possibilities of delivering digital course content for professional training are much higher, faster, cost effective and convenient over other training methods.
Having long term expertise in interactive application development and innovations in emerging technologies, InApp created a 3D-based seamless virtual reality simulator that is used by the Healthcare universities and institutions to assess and evaluate student’s skills.
The VR simulator is a web based tool that allows the students to interact with various virtual patients, survey areas with health hazards and different real world scenarios where the students are required to be proactive. The universities can analyze the reports and assess the students based on their reaction time, proactive measures taken to ensure proper care to patients and various other factors that are difficult to be evaluated through a paper-based test.
The nursing students can access this simulator at the comfort of their homes which allows the university to evaluate the candidates on all aspects. The assignments/tasks are placed in various places throughout the virtual world, which needs to be identified by the students and submit reports on the same. For example, say, the students are tasked to examine a patient suffering from malaria. In order to survey the patient’s living area, they can virtually travel to their respective location using the simulator and observe the surroundings for any health hazards which could be a potential cause for the disease and which could even spread to other people living in the neighbourhood. The students are required to report back these observations and the probable cause analysis back at the faculty, which again is done virtually. All these tasks can be performed anywhere at the student’s convenience.
VR make things much simpler and effective for both the students and faculties. The university can easily customize different tasks for students and create more critical scenarios or create new patient case studies with complex diseases that could improve the competency of the students. Universities and institutions have benefited a lot by the use of VR simulator for providing specialized professional trainings and to examine the student’s skills. There is a tremendous scope for VR and AR technologies for developing digital content and applications for delivering immersive learning experience that can be applied to various industries that adds value in specialized and cost effective trainings.