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The purpose of this study was to examine students’ perceptions and performance outcomes of a virtual fieldwork using Simucase® in conjunction with supplemental activities and debriefing opportunities. The simulation replaced Level I clinic-based fieldwork experiences that were cancelled due to COVID-19. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using a modified evaluation tool to assess student performance outcomes and perceptions for students in the Year one Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) cohort (n=57) and the Year two Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) cohort (n=57) enrolled in a public university in the rural Midwest. Student ratings were compared using chi-square test of independence statistics and correlations with faculty ratings were estimated using Spearman’s correlation. Findings suggest that students performed high in most areas for six professional behaviors and five professional skills. Creswell and Creswell’s (2018) approach was used to analyze and compare student perceptions within cohorts to establish themes. Six themes were identified in students’ skill set and confidence with virtual fieldwork, and two themes were identified for ways to enhance the experience.
Dr. Harris, EdD, OTR/L is an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota in the Occupational Therapy Department. She has been teaching in the department for seven years. Her research focus is on simulation in education and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her primary areas of practice are home health, skilled nursing facilities, and working with older populations.
Dr. Nielsen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an associate professor at the University of North Dakota in the Occupational Therapy Department. She has 10 years of academic experience and research focus is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her practice expertise is mental health with children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Klug, PhD is an associate professor in the Population Health department at the SMHS providing guidance on research methodology and biostatistics for the SMHS. She has over 80 publications and has worked with the OT department for five years, assisting in faculty publications and student projects.
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Harris, N. C., Nielsen, S., & Klug, M. G. (2022). Level I Fieldwork Using Simulation: Student Performance Outcomes and Perceptions. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 6 (2). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2022.060216
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