Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study was to document the experience of using a computer-based simulated (Simucase, 2019) learning opportunity in a Master of Science in speech-language pathology program.
Method: Focus groups were held utilizing a semi-structured interview format. Themes were identified using a qualitative methodological approach. Participants were first year graduate students (N=10) that were interviewed after completing an eight-week simulated learning opportunity.
Results: Seven themes emerged from the data. The themes were as follows: setup of the computer-based simulation, the incorporation of computer-based simulation in courses, supplemental information that assisted in development of clinical knowledge, increased knowledge of assessments and testing procedures, authenticity, confusion regarding feedback and how to benefit more from computer-based simulation.
Conclusions: Results were consistent with previous literature in simulated learning. Students reported positive and negative feelings regarding the computer-based simulated experience. The simulated learning experience resulted in overall positive perceptions for using stimulation to improve familiarity with assessments and understanding testing procedures.
Student Perceptions of a Simulated Clinical Experience: A Pilot Study.
Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders, 5(1).