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Oct. 6, 2016 12:58 pm

Why they’re turning nurses into competitive gamers at Mercy Medical Center

At the Education Technology and Innovation Summit hosted by Mindgrub, a look at how games as training programs.

Stacey Brull presents on gamification at Mercy Medical Center.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

At Mercy Medical Center, Stacey Brull found that clinical training worked better as an adventure.

Working with Mindgrub, Brull, the medical facility’s senior director of research, education and magnet developed a game to train nurses. Overall, the game provides the same content as traditional training, but it’s presented within another realm of ruins, jungles and mountains to traverse. Nurses have a leaderboard. Plus, there is epic language to describe it.

“…Only the most worthy complete the demanding journey,” the prompt reads.

Brull said it’s helped nurses retain information, and it takes less time than the training.

“Their evaluations are much more positive and they get to the unit so much faster,” Brull said.

The gamification is one of a variety of new approaches to teaching and learning that were on display at the Education Technology Innovation Summit (ETIS), which was hosted at Mindgrub’s office in Locust Point during Baltimore Innovation Week 2016. Sessions examined virtual reality, finance, design thinking and making.

Of course, there were also apps. Jim Liew, a finance professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, offered a tutorial on an app that allows a student in a course to give feedback about whether they understand the material being offered. Podium, as it’s called, lets the students weigh in, and allows instructors to adjust their material in real time, he said.

Another presentation showed that bringing students into the process of creating something fun was a way to engage them. A Howard County Library System program called HiTech gives students ages 11 to 18 a chance to get experience building games. They’ve since released Escape from Detention and Cyborg Glitch on the App Store.

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“Our kids need to learn not just how to play the game but how to make the game,” said Angela Brade, the library system’s chief operating officer of support services.
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