My research project
An international study exploring the pedagogical impact of a 3D mobile application and Virtual Reality program on healthcare student learning and preparation for practice
This two-phase PhD research project is an international collaborative venture between the University of Surrey and the University of Newcastle, Australia. The ‘Road to Birth’ is a 3D mobile application and virtual reality program devised to augment educational resources for healthcare students and provides a 3D and immersive visualisation of female anatomy and physiology, pregnancy progression and fetal growth. Phase 1 is participation in an international longitudinal cohort quantitative study to evaluate the mobile application’s technical acceptance and feasibility as a complimentary tertiary education learning tool for student midwives. Phase 2 is a mixed methods UK study exploring the effects of the Virtual Reality and 3D mobile versions of the program as educational tools for pre-registration healthcare student training and readiness for practice.