A small scale action research project was set up to explore the possible use of VR and 360 degree tours of health and social care settings with Health and Social Care students. A Student Digital Ambassador researched different examples and sent the links to the tutor. The most appropriate ones were selected. There were examples of hospitals, residential care homes and nurseries; some were 360 degree for accessing on a smartphone and some were viewable through VR headsets.
Another Student Digital Ambassador planned and ran a session with a group of students to support them to view the different clips and evaluate their use.
Five students gave feedback as follows:
- The clips were easy to access using the QR reader in Snapchat
- Students thought the clips were useful to raise awareness of different health and social care settings
- They enjoyed looking at settings similar to the ones they had completed placement in and to make comparisons
- The tour of the nursery was the favourite; they found it interesting.
- They all enjoyed using the headsets
- 4/5 said that using VR would help them learn.
- The clips were equally useful whether VR compatible or not
- Everyone wanted to use VR again.
- Show in induction as students not familiar with a range of health and social care settings
- Show to students before their placement do they can get a feel for the setting
- Use when teaching units on Health and Safety, Health and Social Care Services and Values and Planning.