Healthcare Learning Innovations will be increasing interactivity in their new educational simulation, Sentinel City® 3.0. Earlier this year they announced the planned development of a simulated world for community and public health nursing courses, aptly titled Sentinel World™. The first phase of the three-phase project is the urban expansion, Sentinel City® 3.0, which will be released May 1, 2017. This phase of development will expand on the company’s already successful Sentinel City® Community Health Simulation 2.3, which is currently used by nursing schools across the country. Sentinel City® 3.0 will vastly increase the amount of interactive elements and course-based student activity within the simulation, as well as ease the faculty challenge of managing clinical practice hours.
Enhancements to the urban environment will include:
- Interactive Mayor, a virtual intelligent agent that students can interview
- Family and home assessment with care plan exercise
- Public Health Office and Community Center
- 12 interactive city residents with detailed biographic panels, plus assignment
- Teleportation map providing quick access to individual characters and locations
The Mayor is an interactive question and answer bot allowing students to ask open-ended public and community health related questions about the city. It also encourages student exploration with responses that lead learners to key locations throughout the city. The home assessment exercise provides a safe environment that students can use to complete a comprehensive analysis and inform their care plan.
“We’re excited to incorporate new, highly-interactive elements like the Mayor and the home assessment exercise which will allow students to think critically and investigate at their own speed,” says Trevor Rasmusson, the Learning Innovation Manager for Healthcare Learning Innovations. “This type of educational gamification helps increase student engagement and new skill retention,” states Rasmusson.
Sentinel City® 3.0 is the beginning of a series of new products, leading up to Sentinel World™, which promise to delight and inspire learners at every stage of their educational development.
Healthcare Learning Innovations provides simulation technologies, digital learning tools and interactive courses for healthcare professionals and educators. In partnership with American Sentinel University, it has over 10 years of experience in online, healthcare-focused education.