27 June 2013
University of the Sunshine Coast academics have received a $180,000 grant to begin a national roll out of a state-of-the-art online resource, ’Expert in my Pocket’, which will help students and health professionals improve their clinical skills.
The project, which is a joint venture with Deakin University, recently received an Innovation and Development Grant from the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching.
The project will be managed at USC by four academics: Associate Professor of Paramedic Science Dr Bill Lord, Lecturer in Health Promotion Dr Florin Oprescu, Lecturer in Clinical Paramedic Science Nigel Barr and Nursing Science and Midwifery Program Leader Theresa Downer.
Dr Oprescu said the ‘Expert in my Pocket’ would provide an easy-to-access catalogue of free, publicly accessible, online video vignettes and supporting materials for training nursing and paramedic students.
“The proposed collection will house 1-2 minute video vignettes, broadcast from an expert’s first-person perspective as they perform clinical practices,” Dr Oprescu said.
“The advantage of using first-person perspectives in the videos is that it allows students to see step-by-step clinical procedures carried out by a practitioner.”
The project recently finished its pilot stage, which involved the trialling of the resource by more than 300 USC Paramedic Science and Nursing Science students.
Dr Lord said the ‘Expert in my Pocket’ had been specifically developed to encourage the sharing of resources across Australian institutions.
“This resource will include Quick Response codes, which can be scanned with hand-held smart devices by users searching instruction on a specific clinical skill,” Dr Lord said.
“The codes will then instantly connect the user with a relevant video, providing on demand access to up-to-date clinical skills training.”
The ‘Expert in my Pocket’ project is due for completion in 12 months and is hoped to be expanded to other health disciplines in the future.
Project resources will be accessible to students and lecturers via hand-held devices such as smart phone and tablet technology as well as desktop computers.
— Jessica Halls