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College creates realistic simulations in ThingLink for emergency medicine, tourism and business studies

Emmi Ollila

At Samiedu Vocational College in Finland, teachers and employers jointly create training material with ThingLink that benefits both students and new employees. Learning material on patient classification, treatment of a stroke patient, and emergency driving is created for emergency medical care teaching. In the tourism sector, orientation materials are created in cooperation with Samiedu and Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän . The ThingLink team has worked in the project as a trainer and background support for design and production throughout the process.

Co-production brings rewards for everyone

The eWorking project is a two-year EU-funded development pilot project that will continue until August 2023. The goal of the project is to provide exciting and experiential digital learning in the workplace, as a co-operation between Samiedu College and employers. The project incorporates simulation training, digital environments that help students familiarize themselves with work, and distance learning. The pilot fields are basic emergency medical care, basic degree in business, and the restaurant and tourism sector. The learning material created in the project is used in work experience modules.

According to project manager Sami Pirhonen, the main purpose of the project is for teachers and employers to be able to plan, describe and produce up-to-date learning material together. This approach of producing visual, interactive materials online together with companies is still quite new at Samiedu. But a lot has been learned in the process and this co-creation approach has produced many rewards for both school and employers.

“As a learning environment, the advantage of ThingLink is that the learning material can be easily edited by all content producers – you can update the content yourself at any time.”

Sami Pirhonen, Samiedu

The goal of the eWorking project is to produce high-quality and current learning materials for the selected themes, to conceptualize best practices and to encourage teachers to create content. The team have learnt how to use different platforms side-by-side – using ThingLink, Canva, Padlet and Miro together for example to create a user experience that is intuitive and smooth.

“Collaboration with the ThingLink team has been rewarding and we have received support quickly.”

Sami Pirhonen, Samiedu

Along the way, a lot has been learned about pedagogical planning, content production and creating scenarios. Milja and Sami are compiling the best tips in Finnish in a scenario manual – a collaboration between ThingLink and Samiedu. The guide was created for Samiedu teachers, but is available to anyone.

Tips for producing an interactive presentation for Samiedu teachers have been collected in the scenario manual. You can explore the manual from the embed above – the manual contains useful tips for all fields. The manual is written in Finnish.

Based on the scenario manual and ThingLink training, Sami also compiled a list of tips in Finnish for Samiedu teachers to create interactive presentations.

Learning materials for emergency medical care

In the eWorking project, one sector that learning materials have been created for is emergency medical care. Teachers have acted as photographers and content producers, and ThingLink’s Henri Pennanen and Milja Putkonen have supported them by organizing training and helping with the pedagogical design of learning materials, 360-degree filming and implementation.

Nikki Kotilainen, an emergency medical care teacher at Samiedu, says that the produced materials will benefit both students in the field and employees who have already graduated. Nikki also works in the orientation team of the Etelä-Savo rescue service, so he acts as a representative of both the educational institution and employers in the project.

Demand for realistic learning materials

Teachers had noticed that there was not enough real-life learning material based on simulations in Finnish about patient triage or classification, treatment of stroke patients and emergency driving. Similar material has been produced in Germany for some time, and the eWorking project partners want to proceed in the same direction.

Traditionally, paper windshield reports have been used in the teaching of triage, which professionals in the field also use in real work. In accident situations, the first authority unit to arrive on the scene sends a quick, concise overview as a windshield report to the other units proceeding to the accident site. In teaching situations, the student is shown the windshield report and asked to explain how he or she would work in patient classification.

However, the teachers noticed that the students would benefit from more realistic learning materials. When a first aid professional arrives at the scene of an accident, he or she has to triage or classify the patients very quickly in challenging conditions. The teachers wanted to give the students opportunities to practice handling the emotions which can be triggered by an accident and the ability to make decisions under pressure.

“The advantage of the ThingLink implementation is that the human factors of the hectic work of emergency medical care – situational leadership and keeping a difficult situation under control – can be practiced.”

Nikki Kotilainen, Samiedu

Patient classification is practiced with VR simulations

Now the project participants are creating interactive learning materials that offer students an authentic VR experience of arriving at an accident situation. In the learning experience, it is also possible to deal with the challenging emotions brought about by the VR simulation exercise in a controlled environment. Students can practice the correct treatment and receive feedback from the teacher for next steps. When the protocol can be sufficiently practiced with the help of authentic simulations, real emergency care situations become easier.

“The ThingLink implementation with VR glasses brings realism and realistic emotions to the simulation teaching.”

Nikki Kotilainen, Samiedu

Learning material based on scenarios has already been created for guidance on treating a stroke patient. The student progresses through the scenario step by step, identifies the patient’s symptoms and makes decisions according to medical protocols.

“Protocol is central in care work, and scenario-like learning is particularly well suited to nursing education.”

Nikki Kotilainen, Samiedu

In the learning material “Care Path of a Stroke Patient” the student practices the correct treatment protocol with the help of a scenario. You can test the learning material from the embedding above. The material is in Finnish.

Creating scenario-based learning paths

Next, the eWorking project participants are creating scenario-based learning material about emergency driving. The purpose is to describe to the students what is important for the driver of an emergency vehicle to consider in traffic – for example, how to change lanes safely. The goal is to record the observations of an experienced driver on video. Questions for students can also be added to the learning material with ThingLink’s scenario tool, in which case students can move on to the next section only when they have answered the questions correctly. On the other hand, teachers can also create alternative paths with the scenario tool, allowing the student to make mistakes in a safe, virtual environment and learn from them. With the help of the study material, the tacit knowledge of more experienced colleagues is given a visual and narrative form and the students get to test their knowledge.

In the future, the aim is to also create material for practicing working with a colleague in treatment situations. With the help of scenarios, students could practice how to meet the patient according to a protocol-like model and how to take their colleague’s actions into account.

The study material “Care Path for a Stroke Patient” has already been tested with a group of students and the experiences were encouraging. ThingLink was found to be easy to use and it was especially important that the material could be produced and edited quickly.

The students found the learning material to be good and informative thanks to its realism. The students commented that they had no previous experience of using similar learning material. Most of the students answered that they would like to study with this kind of material in the future as well, because “learning was meaningful and interactive”. The students gave good and constructive feedback on the material as well as important development suggestions for the development of the material.

Introductory material for the tourism sector

In the eWorking project, orientation material has also been produced for the needs of the tourism sector. Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän acts as Samiedu’s partner, and the project has produced training material for the orientation of the hotel’s summer employees. The training material also supports Samiedu’s students, who get to familiarize themselves with the tasks of the workplace training period in advance.

The material has been produced by Jaana Viitanen and service manager Laura Ilvonen from Järvisydän, Samiedu’s Sami Pirhonen and tourism and restaurant teacher Sanna Valovuori. ThingLink’s Henri Pennanen and Milja Putkonen have supported in the technical implementation, acted as trainers and advised in different stages of production.

Easy access to a wide area

The Järvisydän hotel has versatile services and facilities in a wide area. In order for Samiedu’s on-the-job learners and new employees to familiarize themselves with their work tasks, the project partners wanted to put together a clear interactive orientation package based on the various facilities. The material makes it easy for employees to understand what can be found in different places. For example, when students first arrive, the employees of the equipment rental shop and the spa are already familiar to them from the videos, which helps new employees remember who works in which task. The materials also help Samiedu’s students, who, thanks to the ThingLink material, get to know the work tasks even before the on-the-job learning period. This especially helps those students who are nervous about the practice in advance. The ThingLink implementation can be viewed anytime and anywhere, and it also offers a review opportunity during work situations.

The start view of the orientation material and a drone photo of Järvisydän premises are shown above. Please note this is a demo version of the introductory material and therefore you cannot move beyond the drone image.

Laura and Sanna say that the production process has been very educational for both Järvisydän and Samiedu. Along the way, they have learned about photography and content production. For example they have had to consider the kind of transitions that should be made and in which situations 360 photos should be used. They also learnt that in order to keep the orientation material clear, it was best not to put too much information into the presentation.

The end result is a clear package, through which the user can easily progress using clear paths. However in addition to ready-made paths, the project partners wanted to give users the opportunity to freely choose the order in which they explore the premises. This is done with the help of a drone image, which serves as a map and an overview of the area.

From the embedding above, you can explore the demo created on the basis of the introductory material in more detail. In the actual orientation material, the new employee moves from one facility to another using transitions.

Positive feedback from students and project team

The orientation material will be used in helping to onboard the Järvisydän summer employees. Feedback has not been collected yet, but Samiedu’s students have already tested the learning material and they have been pleased with it. The material has been found to be clear and easy to use. With the help of ThingLink, getting to know the Järvisydän premises and work tasks was smooth. Feedback from the project partners was that they appreciated the opportunity to create the materials themselves and to modify them as needed.

Future plans

In the future, the Järvisydän team plans to create in-depth orientation material for different premises and work tasks, safety briefings and marketing material with ThingLink. So far, the orientation materials have been created with the conditional transitions feature, but in the future, the project partners plan to use ThingLink’s Scenario Builder. They can be used, for example, to create alternative paths for safety rounds, in which case the user would progress through the materials by answering questions and making choices.

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