Students’ engagement and learning experiences using virtual patient simulation in a computer supported collaborative learning environment

Arinola Adefila, Joanne Opie, Steven Ball, Patricia Bluteau

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Abstract

Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments could be innovative teaching resources, providing a social space for students to engage in transformative learning. However, poor design and structure mean CSCL do not readily support skill acquisition. This study examined student engagement and learning experiences using a virtual patient designed in a CSCL. Particular attention was paid to the social interactions taking place in the space intended to enhance the communication skills of healthcare students. The findings suggested that CSCL provides a safe platform for skill acquisition by deliberately designing purposive learning tasks to take place through collective interaction. However, students found the social learning process challenging and were not always able to articulate what they were learning. The study showed that students do not have the tools to engage pedagogically with others in virtual spaces, which have specific implications for design, facilitation and assessment in CSCLs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-61
Number of pages12
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Volume57
Issue number1
Early online date10 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

Funder

This work was supported by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University [The Faculty funded the development of the Virtual Patient]

Keywords

  • Virtual patient
  • communication skills
  • computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL)
  • healthcare training/education
  • social learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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