Can a student perform just as well in an online simulation vs. an in-person lab?

Students can learn in a variety of ways and, with new technology, learning is increasingly occurring in online or in blended delivery modes. The flexibility afforded by these technologies means that more students can now access education and learning, including those living in remote areas or working full-time. But are we losing a critical factor by not being in a face-to-face environment?

In this recording, Jacinta Secomb outlines her research on the responses of third-year undergraduate students in a nursing degree to two differing simulated cardiac scenarios. Students completed the scencarios via a computer simulation or in a face-to-face skills lab.

Watch this recording to hear whether there was any significant difference in the cognitive development between the two groups, plus an interesting finding around the results for students who speak English as a second language.

See below the slides from the presentation

For more information about Jacinta’s Phd research, contact her at or follow the link to read the full journal article.