Improving Writing Skills in Clinical Students Through Online Gaming

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Aug 6th at 1:45 PM until 2:30 PM


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The ability to communicate through reading, writing, listening, and speaking are skills that clinical students should possess as future health practitioners. Writing professionally is imperative for good medical practice and for proper documentation. Practitioners must also write effectively in order to convey medical concepts and critical scientific information. The use of a web-based writing skills training for health science students’ self-assessment and self-directed learning can be an invaluable tool for clinical academic programs. This presentation will describe the evolution of the development and implementation of an online learning gamification and concomitant class learning game competition to improve the writing-skills of health science students in the distance learning classroom. This project will replace a conventional online lecture-type educational module. It is the first of its kind to be developed for this online health professions program. This presentation will include the experience of researching, developing, and implementing the training and the use of the online gamification. The presenters will also talk about using the tools provided by the learning management system, such as discussion board and video logs, to facilitate the game’s student-led team interaction and engagement. In the session, the faculty will share the gamification's current uses, lessons learned, and student feedback. During this exploratory session the creators will discuss future aspirations with respect to the gamification experience, share potential next steps regarding upcoming game development and evaluation, and gather information from interested participants. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]