MALAT student supporting virtual health care


A warm congratulations to Christy Boyce who successfully defended her MA in Learning and Technology thesis entitled, An online pre-briefing for a blended learning Neonatal Resuscitation Program simulation training course - Learner perception and experience. Christy’s research is a qualitative case study on the use of an online pre-briefing module in an established healthcare simulation Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) in a Canadian health authority. In-person pre-briefing of learners before they begin simulation training has been shown to improve the learners’ engagement and increase learner psychological safety in healthcare simulation training. Although there is evolving research supporting simulation pre-briefing practices and frameworks, the benefits of online learning environments for pre-briefings are not understood. Using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) as a theoretical framework, this research provided an online pre-briefing for NRP learners, seeking to understand their perception of the applied eLearning design and their sense of psychological safety in the subsequent in-person training day. Recognizing limited sample size, findings reveal numerous potential benefits of an online pre-briefing on learner engagement and preparation for simulation. Recommendations include further examination of this online simulation teaching practice.

One of the offshoots of Christy’s work has resulted in Integrating Virtual Health into your Practice, a 45-minute interactive multimedia course that has supported more than 100 providers in Fraser Health since it was launched in late July. The course includes simple pre-and post-visit checklists to assess individual patient needs and covers everything from reading body language cues to creating a trusting relationship online, to how to annotate on-screen, and to create engaging discussions. It has directly impacted how virtual care is being done in those who have incorporated some of the approaches and attempts to help the clinician focus on the patient-clinician relationship and not be inhibited or intimidated by the technology. While currently only available in Fraser Health, Boyce is hoping to work with other health authorities to adapt the  Integrating Virtual Health into your Practice course to their needs. You can find out more about this impactful work here.

Congratulations Christy on this important milestone and for your thoughtful, impactful work. The MALAT program, the School of Education and Technology, and Royal Roads University is wishing you all the best in your future endeavors #RRUMALAT