Virtual technologies continue to be of interest to educators. My research found significant methodological shortcomings in previous studies.
I implemented a non-immersive virtual reality (VR) simulation of a deteriorating diabetic patient. The novel evaluation of the simulator consisted of pairing a Critical Realist RCT (n=171) with Partial Least Squares-Structural Equation Modelling. VR was found to be significantly (P=<.001) better in terms of short term knowledge gain than normative methods, particularly the “engagement to immersion” pathway. The thesis claimed addition to knowledge about how the novel methodological approach taken has the potential to deepen understanding of how VR can affect learning.
In the three years that I have been at BU, I have completed my PhD, secured a full time lecturing post in Children’s and Young People’s Nursing, and returned to nursing practice during the pandemic. In addition to teaching, and acting as admissions tutor (since my second year in post), I am co-leading a Cochrane review exploring the psychological impact of childhood eczema. I am also continuing my research in the field of augmented and virtual technology as part of BU’s Nursing for Long Term Health Research Centre. I am currently writing up several papers from my thesis for publication.