(Part of an ongoing series featuring Rich Media Impact Awards finalists)
It looks like a scene from ER. Nurses are steadfastly servicing seven hospital rooms, four exam rooms, three debriefing rooms and a home healthcare lab, equipped with 30 beds and medical charting stations. Patients are going through a range of health crises from convulsions to heart attacks, and machines beep and buzz as they monitor vital signs.
Except in this scenario the patients are SimMans – robotic mannequins programmed to give live-like responses to a range of conditions. The nurses are students. And the emergency is a classroom drill that’s being recorded, cataloged, studied and critiqued by both faculty and students.
Ashland University College of Nursing has developed one of the most automated and streamlined educational technology programs out there, providing students with an experiential environment that improves learning outcomes. Of all the technologies represented in the space, Mediasite is at the hub, connecting everything to a master control room and a vast video content library.
“When we look at the technology and what's allowed our program to expand, I point to Mediasite and say, ‘You know what? We've done good. We've done very good by using Mediasite to allow our nursing program to thrive,” said Tom Kemp, director of instructional technology and learning at Ashland University.
Here’s Ashland’s RMIA nomination – a detailed look at how Tom and Shawn Haring, the simulation technician, planned out the space to maximize innovation and learning, and ultimately give students the confidence and skills they need to face the real thing someday.