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Amy Palma receives grant for educational research

May 28, 2020

Amy Palma 

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Assistant professor Amy Palma has been awarded a grant from McMaster University’s MacPherson Institute for a research project about developing virtual simulation games. Co-investigators include Dr. Lynn Martin, Tracey Jewiss, Dr. Maria Pratt, Elaine Shuhaibar and student partner Sean Hui.

“Virtual simulation games have potential in a variety of learning environments,” Palma explained in her proposal. “Some are currently available for purchase. However, costs to individual students are high and content is not always aligned with the BScN program curriculum. An alternative is to develop novel games tailored to suit specific curricular needs.”

“My project will help provide the tools needed for faculty in the school of nursing to develop unique virtual simulation games for our curriculum. These games have many applications in both classroom and clinical teaching, and can help bring concepts and clinical situations to life for our students in a creative and engaging way,” says Palma.

An awards ceremony hosted by the MacPherson Institute took place online on May 26. “It was nice to hear about all the projects funded across the university. Many grant recipients attended. There were a few guest speakers, discussion of getting started and research ethics process, and words of wisdom from previous grant recipients,” Palma says.  

Grant details:
Palma A,  Martin L, Jewiss T, Pratt M, Shuhaibar E, Hui S. Virtual Simulation Game Development in Nursing Education. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching. Competition: Priority Areas for Teaching and Learning (PALAT). 2020-2021. $3,980


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