Simulation in medical education using GOPRO technology

Session Format Presentation and hands on workshop in small groups (limit class size of 20 max)
Author(s) Renata Lumsden Mohawk College, Medical Radiation Science Program
Session Abstract

The use of technology to support the educational mission of academic institutions is nearly universal; however, the scope and method employed vary greatly. This educational technology workshop aims to enhance communication and competency skills simulation using GOPRO technology.

The GOPRO is a small, lightweight camera which can be worn in various mounts including head and chest, and is used mainly in extreme sports.

Research using GOPRO technology was carried out in the Mohawk-McMaster, medical radiation science radiography laboratory in 2012 thanks to a grant from McMaster's Centre for Leadership in Learning.

The innovative use of GOPRO in medical radiation science (MRSc) radiography laboratory enabled students to use the camera to enhance/practice communication and radiographic (x-ray positioning) skills. As there are a variety of learning styles, the addition of GOPRO in MRSc appealed to auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. The cameras were well received by both students and faculty according to survey feedback. This technology could be used by other CMA accredited programs and other hands-on laboratory settings such as anatomists at minimal cost compared to other technology.

This workshop shall provide background about the use and versatility of GOPRO in medical radiation science as well as best practices learned to maximize use of the equipment. Small groups shall complete a variety of tasks and receive hands on experience using GOPRO technology. Finally, participants shall review their videos during the session as a large group and appreciate immediate feedback via the high resolution capabilities of the cameras.

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