This blog is, in effect, a research journal based around education in virtual worlds, specifically: Virtual World Simulation of Dual Sensory Loss for Workplace Learning in a Health and Social Care Setting. The current title is provisional. The journal includes notes made ‘in-progress’ and is not a final record/definitive description of work as this will change as the research develops.

The research is divided into stages:

  1. creating the virtual world environment needed for the research;
  2. creating an ‘attitude towards deafblindness’ assessment tool or devising some method of measuring this aspect;
  3. carrying out the research;
  4. evaluating and writing up the research.

Provisional Timescales

Preliminaries: June 2015 – September 2015

Gathering expressions of interest (for stage one and stage two involvement); investigating suitable platforms.

Stage One: October 2015 – April 2016

It is anticipated that stage one will involve both people with dual sensory loss and professionals to ensure that the simulations and environments created reflect the priorities of people with dual sensory loss and are as accurate and relevant as possible.

Stage Two: October 2015 – April 2016

At present there is no assessment tool to measure ‘attitude towards dual sensory loss’. There is an assessment tool for ‘attitude towards disability’ (Findler et al 2007), but this is too general / mobility based.

Stage Three: June 2016 – June 2017

Stage three will involve testing the simulations and environment with groups of health and social care workers (and possibly others) to assess the impact on their levels of deafblind awareness.

Stage Four: July 2017 – June 2018

Writing up.

References

Findler, L., Vilchinsky, N. and Werner, S. (2007) ‘The Multidimensional Attitudes Scale Toward Persons With Disabilities (MAS) Construction and Validation’, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 50(3), pp.166–176.