What is the ARISE Project?
In 2014, the Advancing Careers and Training for Healthcare (ACT for Healthcare) group was formed as part of a three-year Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the Department of Labor. The ACT for Healthcare group is a collaboration of the 16 Wisconsin technical colleges, industry partners, workforce development systems, and previous TAACCCT grant recipients focused on enhancing healthcare training programs. One objective of the grant concentrated on incorporating technology into program design and delivery which resulted in the development of the Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education (ARISE) Project.
The ARISE Project merges health care simulation education with augmented reality (AR) and game-based situated learning theory. Using iPads, QR Codes, and the Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) platform, the ARISE Project is developing 150 AR simulated learning experiences for use by students in various health care disciplines including Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Assistant, and EMT-Paramedic.
With an over-reaching goal of improving health care simulation education, the following Clinical Learning Model illustrates how the aforementioned simulated learning experiences will encourage the transfer of knowledge/skills/attitudes to real world experiences.
The designed experiences begin with a patient storyline describing an individual or family experience with a health challenge. Example storylines include: Typical Chest Pain, Atypical Chest Pain, Wound Care Management, Pediatric Pain Management, End of Life Care, and Pediatric Asthma. Multiple scenarios are created within each storyline leveled to match the learner educational level and aligned with discipline-specific competencies.
Scenarios are designed in three formats:
- Serious Games, designed for the novice learner to complete independently or in the classroom
- Clinical Case Studies, designed to be used as independent or collaborative learning activities
- Simulations, designed with the flexibility to be used in high-fidelity simulation labs or low-fidelity classroom settings.
To further improve the educational benefits of the simulated learning experiences, The ARISE Project is incorporating several design elements. First, AR is added through the use of highly-engaging, rich media including narrative videos, lifelike images, and authentic sounds. In addition, each scenario is leveled to match the learner’s educational level and then aligned to discipline-specific curriculum and competencies.
Finally, all patient-centered scenarios include teaching plans that are open education resources (OER). These teaching plans will be temporarily housed on this website and permanently housed in both WIDS (Worldwide Instructional Design System) and Skills Commons.
What is Augmented Reality (AR)?
Augmented Reality is an enhanced version of reality created with the use of technology. This is usually done via a layering process in which sounds, images and/or videos are added into real-life environments using mobile devices or tablets. The ARISE Project uses that definition as well as what we know about simulation and health care education to enhance student engagement and learning.
While the ARISE Project does not superimpose information, we do “add to” or “augment” the realism of the student’s learning environment. In Simulation, students will hear genuine lung sounds or see an actual image of a patient’s leg wound. Whereas in Serious Games, students are immersed into a new reality through realistic patient videos. So, whether a student is playing a Serious Game in his or her home or a group of students are performing a Simulation in a high-fidelity simulation laboratory, The ARISE Project provides an AR learning experience that is unlike any traditional learning activity.
What is the ARIS software?
The ARISE Project uses the Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) platform developed by David Gagnon from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. ARIS is an open-source, iOS App for use on iPads and iPhones. Designed for creating and playing mobile games and interactive stories, The ARISE Project is using several features of ARIS’s unique platform to design our AR simulated learning experiences. For more information about ARIS please visit their website.