202 Virtual Reality Simulations: Building a Prototype for Dementia Education

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 26


Healthcare education about dementia typically focuses on increasing understanding through didactic methods (i.e., scripto-visual materials) that address knowledge rather than emotion and experience. A scan of educational technologies for dementia revealed limited products using animated VR and facilitated in-person or physically constructed simulations. These approaches are not cost-effective, sustainable, or easily scalable. Furthermore, these have not been evaluated for effectiveness or impact.

In this session, you will learn how a health science center collaborated with a tech company to combine existing components (VR capability, instructional design, educational methodology and content) to design an innovative prototype for an engaging and immersive VR learning experience. VR can effectively expose learners to other people’s perspectives in order to raise empathy—in this case, toward people with dementia.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify the benefits of using VR for healthcare simulation
  • How to identify the challenges of using VR for healthcare simulation
  • How to leverage the intersection between educational methodology and new technology
  • How to collaborate with nontraditional partners

Novice designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Virtual reality hardware with 360-degree video.

Lisa Sokoloff

Manager, Training & Simulation

Baycrest Health Sciences

Lisa Sokoloff is a manager of training and simulation at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging. A registered speech-language pathologist, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and her master of science from the University of Wisconsin¬–Madison. Lisa has worked as a speech-language pathologist with adult and geriatric clients since 1989. She has published and presented internationally in the areas of speech pathology, swallowing disorders, and education. Lisa is a lecturer in the department of speech pathology at the University of Toronto and also teaches at Humber College in the OTA/PTA program.

Raquel Meyer

Manager, Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC

Baycrest Health Sciences

Raquel Meyer is a manager of the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, where she leads the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of the center. Raquel completed her doctoral studies at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She was the recipient of a Nursing Early Career Research Award through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Her research centers on educational innovation, healthcare management, health human resources, and care delivery models. Raquel is an enthusiastic proponent for the relevance of research to clinical practice, education, leadership, and policy development.

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