Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

AR/VR/MR Learning Environments

AR/VR/MR Creating Authentic Learning Environments Beyond Physical Spaces

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About Darryl Clare (Lecturer in Paramedic Science) from CQ University.

Darryl is a passionate educator with 25 years’ experience in clinical education. He has a passion for education, research and implementing best practice in pre-hospital care and is a Lecturer in Paramedic Science with the School of Health, Medical and Applied Science at CQ University. Since January 2019, Darryl has been working in a seconded role at the university as a Senior Project Officer - Digital Learning.

Darryl started working in augmented and virtual reality 4 years ago to enhance the learning experience in paramedic education, delivered at CQ University. He wanted to find a way to bring “rare” events, to paramedic students in a meaningful and engaging way. This led to creating virtual reality scenarios that immersed paramedic students in rare events such as triage.

In the past 4 years Darryl has worked on a variety of projects in the AR/VR fields for other disciplines across the University, these include; immersive virtual reality sonography scenarios, crime scene scenarios for forensic science students, nursing and chiropractic virtual reality tutorials and safety and awareness inductions across multiple disciplines delivered in virtual reality.

Darryl showed examples of how 360 video and Virtual reality is being used at CQUniversity to create engaging authentic learning environments for students. One great example was patient assessment in an ambulance. It’s a video that when watched on immersive gear i.e. Oculus GO Headsets, which puts the student into the ambulance with the paramedic lecturer. This acclimatises the student as to what it will be like in an ambulance and it role models behaviour of the paramedic.

Patient Assessment in an Ambulance

Mixed Reality in Health Education

Below the picture shows how mixed reality simulation is used for medical education. Simulation training has improved patients’ safety as it allows students to practice techniques and face challenges before they treat live patients.

Mixed Reality in Health Education

Overview of technologies, equipment and software used to create AR & VR learning material were shown such as:

Cameras: Garmin VIRB 360 and Insta360 One X Camera
Headsets: Oculus GO Headsets
Software: Adobe Premier, Adobe captivate