Embracing simulation techniques in dietetics Education to create novel and effective learning experiences

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Clinical simulation creates realistic opportunities for students to enhance contextual learning through experience as part of their pre‐clinical training. There is currently a paucity of research investigating the use of simulation techniques in dietetics education. The aim of this project was to evaluate the use of various simulation techniques with postgraduate dietetics students at an Australian University. A variety of simulation techniques were used across
several cohorts of dietetics students including Mask‐Ed , digital story‐telling, 3‐Dimentional immersive simulation videos, and simulated patient interviews as part of their pre‐clinical training. Overall, the learning experiences were shown to be effective in preparing students for clinical placement with students showing improved inter‐professional collaborative practice, more effective means by which they could understand and apply theoretical concepts, and cultural empathy. Clinical simulation provided authentic learning experiences and environments for the students to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, thus removing some of the angst and stress experienced when entering a clinical or patient centred environment for the first time. There is an opportunity in dietetics education to embrace current innovative simulation techniques to create novel and effective learning experiences to prepare students to be adaptive in a changing environment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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