Augmented reality simulation training for midwifery students: First train the trainer
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Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital Cologne, Institute of Midwifery Science, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Department of Health, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Kristina Vogel   

Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital Cologne, Institute of Midwifery Science, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A184
As part of the Heb@AR project, augmented reality (AR) simulation training was developed for midwifery students (practice in the skills-lab and at home). This is a smartphone-based app that enables the training of 3 exemplary emergency scenarios1,2.

Material and Methods:
To ensure sustainable implementation of AR simulations, experts in midwifery, medical didactics and informatics designed and conducted six training sessions for lecturer (N=11), in-person and digitally, with an emphasis on implementing learning objectives and didactic design. Although the training units are designed to be taken in sequence, lecturers have the option to attend specific modules. Furthermore, the training units were developed and evaluated using the Design-Based Research method1.

Lecturer training sessions have a significant impact on personal attitudes towards the use of AR learning scenarios for emergency training of midwifery students (p=.049). Prior to the training sessions (n=11), 9% of the participants (n=1) held a skeptical, 27% (n=3) a neutral attitude and 63% (n=7) held a (very) positive attitude. Following the completion of the training programme (n=10), 40% (n=4) had a positive attitude and 60% (n=6) of participants had a very positive attitude. Lecturers were surveyed on their additional needs for implementing AR, identifying technical support, networking with other users, and dedicated time for independent training as relevant factors.

Individualised teacher training programmes, early involvement, practice time, and familiarity with AR technology are crucial for sustainable AR simulation implementation. Integrating didactic fundamentals and providing assistance for application challenges are also recommended.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
The project Heb@AR- Augmented Reality supported learning in midwifery education was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany) from 01.11.2019 to 31.12.2022 (funding reference: 16DHB3019).
Vogel K, Bernloehr A, Lewa C, Blattgerste J, Joswig M, Schäfer T, Pfeiffer T, Bauer N. Augmented Reality gestütztes Lernen in der hochschulischen Hebammenausbildung (Heb@AR) – welche Unterstützung benötigen Lehrende? Internationale Konferenz Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft (DGHWi e.V.); July 28-29, 2022; Winterthur (Schweiz). doi:10.3205/22dghwi25
Blattgerste J, Vogel K, Lewa C, Kunzendorf M, Bauer N, Bernloehr A, Joswig M, Schäfer T, Pfeiffer T. Project Heb@AR: Exploring handheld Augmented Reality training to supplement academic midwifery education. DELFI 2020 – Die 18. Fachtagung Bildungstechnologien der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.; 2020; Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.