Explore a case study using virtual reality to transform psychology education

Explore a virtual reality simulation that offers something new to learners, thanks to a collaboration that brought together a mix of talents across content, learning design, programming and animation. The team included Nick Formosa and Ben Morrison (Australian College of Applied Psychology), Geoffrey Hill (SAE Institute), and Daniel Stone (Daniel Stone Media).

Learners are immersed in a story-driven replication of ‘typical’ symptoms associated with schizophrenic spectrum and other psychotic disorders such as auditory and visual hallucinations, and paranoid delusional thoughts. To ensure an accurate representation of psychosis, the symptoms built into the simulation were researched and adapted from real-world case studies. 

The team measured the impact of the simulation against key learning outcomes, such as empathy and knowledge of diagnosis. Results from a sample of 50 participants speak for themselves, with gains across each outcome measure after experiencing the simulation.

Click Play to hear the creators discuss their simulation and study, or jump to 12:10 to see a powerful demonstration.

This transformative simulation is being shared and discussed across many communities, including the 2017 Learning Innovation Summit, and has been published in the Australian Journal of Psychology.

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